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Investigators Locate Germanwings Flight Data Recorder

By Juliet Van Wagenen | April 2, 2015
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The crash site of Germanwings flight 9525
The crash site of Germanwings flight 9525. Photo: BEA

[Avionics Today 04-02-2015] French investigators have located the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) from the Germanwings A320 passenger flight, which crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, March 24. While the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), discovered soon after the crash, has revealed what many believe to be deliberate actions by Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz to bring down the plane, investigators are hoping to learn more about the final moments of the ill-fated aircraft with the discovery of the FDR.

The FDR will likely offer invaluable information to France’s BEA agency, which is currently conducting the investigation, including the aircraft’s speed, altitude, acceleration, direction and timings of radio transmissions from the cockpit. There is no word on the condition of the FDR, as of yet.

Investigators are still working to identify the remains of the 150 people on board the flight.

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