Good afternoon dear readers. Today is a horrible day. A Germanwings Airbus 320, reqistrated as D-AIPX, crashed on its way from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany – My hometown.
None of the 144 passengers and 6 crew members survived the accident. The aircraft took of at 10:01 a.m. local time in Barcelona. Just one minute after the Airbus reached its cruising altitude of Flight Level 380 (38,000 feet, approx. 12,000 meters) it began to descent quite rapidly for eight minutes, then it crasched into the mountains nearby the citiy of Barcelorette in France.
The terrain is snowy and the cliffs are very impassable, that makes the salvage of the wreck more difficult. French authorities expect at least four weeks to pass until the whole aircraft is fully salvaged.
According to Aviationherald.com, “radar contact with the aircraft was lost at about 6800 feet at approx. 10:45L (09:45Z) about 12nm southwest of Barcelonnette (France), 75nm northwest of Marseille”.
The cause of the accident has not been found yet. The A320 has undergone all needed maintenance checks, this includes a routine check that took place yesterday at Düsseldorf Airport and a big major check (C-Check) back in May 2013. The crashed mashine made its first flight for Lufthansa in 1991 and was later taken over by Germanwings, which is also part of the Lufthansa Group.
The Captain had an experience of over 6,000 hours on this aircraft type and has worked over 10 years for Lufthansa and Germanwings. According to Lufthansa officials, the Aeroplane was equipped with the most up-to-date software and equipment. The Airbus 320 family has an excellent safety record.
According to current information, the flight data recorders has been found, so all that is left for me to say is that I feel deeply sorry for all the families, relatives and friends that have lost their beloved ones on the flight 4U9525 and to encourage you to avoid to draw conclusions at this early stage of investigations as a sign of respect.
My deep condolences to the families,