Recording shows pilot locked out of crashed Airbus cockpit: NYT




 
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March 26th, 2015  
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By Jean-Francois Rosnoblet and Tim Hepher SEYNE-LES-ALPES/PARIS (Reuters) - Cockpit voice recordings from the German jet that crashed in the Alps showed one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down, killing everyone onboard, the New York Times reported. The recordings did not make clear why the pilot left the cockpit or why he could not regain entry as the plane steadily descended toward a mountain range in a remote area of the French Alps on Tuesday. A spokesman for Lufthansa , whose budget arm Germanwings operated the flight, said the carrier was aware of the Times story, adding: "We have no information from the authorities that confirms this report and we are seeking more information. We will not take part in speculation on the causes of the crash." Asked to comment on the investigation, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin told iTELE on Thursday: "The best thing for now is not to rule out any hypothesis." The retrieval of one of two cockpit recordings came as French President Francois Hollande, Germany's Angela Merkel and Spain's Mariano Rajoy traveled on Wednesday to the crash site to pay tribute to the 150 victims, mostly Germany and Spanish.




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