Germanwings flight 9525: 400 body parts discovered and not a single body found intact

Germanwings flight 9525: Not a single body has been found intact
Forensic experts work to identify bodies in Seyne-les-Alpes, France  (Picture: AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Not a single body has been found intact at the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps.

Investigators have discovered around 400 body parts after the plane was deliberately ploughed into a mountain side earlier this week – killing all 150 people on board.

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 28, locked the captain and all other staff out of the Airbus A320 cockpit and put the aircraft into a descent.

Searches conducted at Lubitz’s homes in Duesseldorf and in the town of Montabaur turned up documents pointing to ‘an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment’, but no suicide note was found, said Ralf Herrenbrueck, a spokesman for the Duesseldorf prosecutors’ office.

Germanwings flight 9525: Not a single body has been found intact
Investigators now have the grim job of collected hundreds of body parts (Picture: Gaillard Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

They included ripped-up sick notes covering the day of the crash, which indicates that he hid his illness from his employers.

Prosecutors didn’t specify what illness Lubitz may have been suffering from, nor say whether it was mental or physical.

In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 photo Andreas Lubitz competes at the Airportrun in Hamburg, northern Germany. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday, March 27, 2015.  The evidence came from the search of Lubitz's homes in two German cities for an explanation of why he crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. (AP Photo/Michael Mueller)
Neighbours described co-pilot Andreas Lubitz as happy and healthy (Picture: AP Photo/Michael Mueller)

Neighbors described a man whose physical health was superb and road race records show Lubitz took part in several long-distance runs.

People in Montabaur who knew Lubitz said that he had been thrilled with his job at Germanwings and seemed very happy.

Germanwings flight 9525: Not a single body has been found intact
Part of the wreckage in the French Alps (Picture: REUTERS/French Interior Ministry/DICOM/F)

Police working to recover remains from the crash site said they so far have recovered between 400 and 600 pieces of remains from the victims.

Col. Patrick Touron, of the gendarme service, said DNA samples have been taken from objects provided by victims’ families, such as combs or toothbrushes, that could help identify them.

‘We haven’t found a single body intact,’ he said.

The rough terrain means that recovery workers have to be backed up by mountain rescuers.

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Germanwings flight 9525: Not a single body has been found intact
Flowers are seen at the memorial in the village of Le Vernet (Picture: REUTERS)

He continued: ‘We have particularly difficult conditions, and each person needs to be roped up.’

The European Aviation Safety Agency has recommended that airlines in the future always have two people in the cockpit.

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27 March 2015 | 9:25 pm – Source:


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