France’s aviation investigation bureau releases photos of the mangled voice data recorder from the flight, which were recovered from the crash site, 2000m above sea level. French officials say they are working to pull its data. The voice recorder takes audio feeds from four microphones within the cockpit and records all the conversations between the pilots, air traffic controllers as well as any noises heard in the cockpit. Cazeneuve:
The black box has been damaged. We will have to put it back together in the next few hours to be able to get to the bottom of this tragedy. told RTL radio, adding the box was still viable.
French Interior Minister Cazeneuve says a black box has been located at the site in the French Alps where a plane crashed while traveling from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. Investigators described a scene of devastation where the airliner crashed. Aerial photographs showed smoldering wreckage and a piece of the fuselage with six windows. Bruce Robin, prosecutor for the city of Marseille, says he saw the destruction from a helicopter:
We saw an aircraft that had literally been ripped apart, the bodies are in a state of destruction, there is not one intact piece of wing or fuselage.
French police at the crash site said it will take days to recover the bodies due to difficult terrain, snow and incoming storms.
We are still searching. It’s unlikely any bodies will be airlifted until Wednesday