Germanwings Narrative Morphs Again!

Germanwings Cockpit Voice Recorder not charred, recovered immediately from wreckage.
Germanwings Cockpit Voice Recorder not charred, recovered immediately from wreckage.

In an article published today titled, Second Black Box Recovered From Germanwings Crash, The Wall Street Journal reported that the flight data recorder black box from the tragic Germanwings crash has just been found. The box is reported as having been charred and buried in an area previously searched but missed because its color blended with nearby rock. Leaving aside the facts that the black boxes are actually orange so they stand out in a wreck (designed no doubt to withstand fire…see the Germanwings cockpit voice recorder pictured above…it is still orange) and that they are equipped with beacons so that they can be located right away (which it was originally reported they were), France’s President Francois Hollande stated the day after the crash that the second black box had been found but that the flight data recorder memory card was missing.

Here is a video from March 25 (the day after the crash) of Hollande saying the second black box was found…I’m not sure if this is where he says the memory card was missing (I don’t speak French!) but the article below from CBS News reports that he said the contents of the box were missing.

So what’s the real story? These days I find the rawer the data, the closer to the initial incident, the less time the information-masters have to craft a narrative to fit all the pieces of the puzzle as they emerge. Many argue that initial reports can’t be relied upon, but weighed against unsubstantiated stories shoe-horned into the official narrative, I’ll take the raw material and see if there isn’t a more sensible narrative that emerges organically.

For more holes in the official story, click here.

Below is the original CBS report–it too is destined for the memory hole. (I put a link in the title to get to the original story which has photos and videos embedded, but I also copied the text in case the original story disappears.)

Update (March 11, 2016):  An article in The Wall Street Journal today uses the Germanwings disaster to argue for less privacy. For the record, when new “evidence” comes out a year or more after an event, I take it with a grain of salt.

Doctor Wanted Germanwings Co-Pilot to Be Hospitalized
Pilot’s doctors didn’t inform authorities out of fear of breaching Germany’s privacy laws

From the earliest eyewitness reports of a piece of the Germanwings A320 coming off before the crash, I have wondered what really caused the disaster. Among the top choices are sabotage, terrorism or mechanical defect. When a Russian A320 went down over Egypt, although blamed on terrorists after some delay, conflicting early reports on the cause of the crash renewed my concern that the A320 might have some real problems–problems Airbus’s government owners might not want to make public. Here is a new article that begins to address this question:

Airbus A320 safety record in spotlight after Russia plane crash

Original CBS Report…

Germanwings Flight 9525 black box, cause still a mystery
CBS News
Last Updated Mar 25, 2015 7:14 PM EDT

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that the case of the second black box of a German plane that smashed into a rugged Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board, has been found, but not its contents.

Meanwhile, investigators hoped the plane’s cockpit recordings would help unlock the mystery of what caused the plane to drop unexpectedly and crash.

Speaking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Hollande promised that French investigators would do everything to determine the cause of the crash.

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Germanwings Air Disaster: What We DON’T Know.

271EBB3700000578-3017244-Clip_Andreas_Lubitz_is_seen_in_the_footage_laughing_and_smiling_-a-1_1427698001128I looked at the newspaper with horror: another commercial airplane crash. That makes five in one year. Is air travel becoming less safe? Is something sinister afoot that we are not being told about? What’s going on? Then the news: the co-pilot crashed the plane himself in an act of suicide that took 149 innocent people with him. Oh my God. That’s inhuman. Are they sure? They must be. He had his hands on the controls and he drove that plane into the ground. So awful. Nothing to think about, nothing to talk about, just sad, really sad. What’s that, Wolf? The plane was on autopilot? The autopilot crashed the plane into the mountain? So how can they be absolutely positive it was a mass-murder-suicide? Slow down!

But they didn’t slow down, they sped up, and Andreas Lubitz will go down in history as a selfish, heartless mass-murderer. Is he? We will never know for sure because the powers that be made up their minds that this was the story before actually conducting an investigation. Because of this bad faith, I’m going to deny them the benefit of the doubt in all unanswered questions and all answers they offer that are not backed up by verifiable evidence.

Who am I to insist on answers? I’m the one paying the bills (and so are you). And I’m not paying the bills to be lied to for the purpose of some power elite agenda, I’m paying the bills so I can understand my risks and ensure my safety. As usual, I’d rather be able to shop around for someone who will actually do the job for me, but I’m stuck with a coercive, monopoly government with the power to tax and to regulate and my only recourse is to try to hold their feet to the fire when they steamroll an investigation and railroad a suspect before all the evidence is in.

What are my doubts about the official narrative? Here are my top ten…

1) Why is the flight data recorder missing? What happened to it? Is there any way to really know what happened without it? If it reappears, can we trust what’s on it now that the chain of custody has been broken? This is enough to blow up this entire story. Flight data recorder memory chips don’t just go missing and without it, the truth will never be known about what happened to this plane.

2) Where are the numerous “witnesses who told the French Air Force they heard an explosion and saw smoke coming out of the doomed Germanwings’ A320 passenger plane shortly before it crashed into the mountains near Digne, southern France?” A French Air Force pilot from the nearest base supported this account by explaining that debris was found upstream from the crash site – which he said confirmed the fact that the piece of fuselage had “been detached from the aircraft before impact.”(h/t JQ)

Read moreGermanwings Air Disaster: What We DON’T Know.

Germanwings Air Disaster: What We DON'T Know.

271EBB3700000578-3017244-Clip_Andreas_Lubitz_is_seen_in_the_footage_laughing_and_smiling_-a-1_1427698001128I looked at the newspaper with horror: another commercial airplane crash. That makes five in one year. Is air travel becoming less safe? Is something sinister afoot that we are not being told about? What’s going on? Then the news: the co-pilot crashed the plane himself in an act of suicide that took 149 innocent people with him. Oh my God. That’s inhuman. Are they sure? They must be. He had his hands on the controls and he drove that plane into the ground. So awful. Nothing to think about, nothing to talk about, just sad, really sad. What’s that, Wolf? The plane was on autopilot? The autopilot crashed the plane into the mountain? So how can they be absolutely positive it was a mass-murder-suicide? Slow down!
But they didn’t slow down, they sped up, and Andreas Lubitz will go down in history as a selfish, heartless mass-murderer. Is he? We will never know for sure because the powers that be made up their minds that this was the story before actually conducting an investigation. Because of this bad faith, I’m going to deny them the benefit of the doubt in all unanswered questions and all answers they offer that are not backed up by verifiable evidence.
Who am I to insist on answers? I’m the one paying the bills (and so are you). And I’m not paying the bills to be lied to for the purpose of some power elite agenda, I’m paying the bills so I can understand my risks and ensure my safety. As usual, I’d rather be able to shop around for someone who will actually do the job for me, but I’m stuck with a coercive, monopoly government with the power to tax and to regulate and my only recourse is to try to hold their feet to the fire when they steamroll an investigation and railroad a suspect before all the evidence is in.
What are my doubts about the official narrative? Here are my top ten…
1) Why is the flight data recorder missing? What happened to it? Is there any way to really know what happened without it? If it reappears, can we trust what’s on it now that the chain of custody has been broken? This is enough to blow up this entire story. Flight data recorder memory chips don’t just go missing and without it, the truth will never be known about what happened to this plane.
2) Where are the numerous “witnesses who told the French Air Force they heard an explosion and saw smoke coming out of the doomed Germanwings’ A320 passenger plane shortly before it crashed into the mountains near Digne, southern France?” A French Air Force pilot from the nearest base supported this account by explaining that debris was found upstream from the crash site – which he said confirmed the fact that the piece of fuselage had “been detached from the aircraft before impact.”(h/t JQ)

Read moreGermanwings Air Disaster: What We DON'T Know.

The Germanwings Crash – Fastest Air Accident Investigation of All Time? Podcast of March 28, 2015 Show

150326111533-nr-sot-germanwings-co-pilot-andreas-lubitz-friend-00002521-large-169“The authorities’ explanation doesn’t ring true for Peter Ruecker (pictured above), another pilot who knew him from the flight club. ‘Knowing Andreas, this is just inconceivable for me,’ Ruecker told the Reuters news agency.”

Why haven’t we heard from Andreas Lubitz’ parents, grandparents or fiancee? Why haven’t his doctors been named or his records been released to support the unsubstantiated allegations that he was hiding a mental illness from his employer? Where is the flight data recorder memory chip? These are just a few of the many unanswered questions that have been glossed over in the rush to judgment against Andreas Lubitz.

Here’s my first take on this awful tragedy and why the truth matters.

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For more on this story, check out my most recent article here.