Since my last post several developments have taken place as we try to come to grips with the loss of flight 9525.
The Cockpit Voice Recorder has been recovered and sent to Paris where the data will be analyzed. I suspect it will only take a day or so for that analysis to yield a few answers.
Crash investigators have been dispatched to the area to begin their work. French agency BEA will send 7 of their specialists. Additionally, members from Germany’s Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents will join the French investigators. Airbus and engine manufacturer CFM also have sent their teams to investigate.
Lufthansa and Germanwings have been quite active in keeping us informed with details as they become available but there have not been any major developments in the past 12 hours. Predictably, the history of the specific aircraft has been thoroughly scrutinized. According to all accounts from LH and 4U, the airplane’s maintenance was current and had all necessary ‘upgrades’ and ‘directives’ in place as required by regulators.
As I said earlier, I am not going to share my opinions or join in the speculation as to what brought down the aircraft. I’ll continue to share and summarize official details as they become available. Doing anything to contrary at this point is fairly foolish.
In speaking with friends and colleagues within the airline, I can say with 100% conviction that they are doing everything they can to make this difficult time as comfortable as possible for those who have lost loved ones.
To stay up to date, I would recommend that you follow Lufthansa and Germanwings on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Any breaking news and updates will be readily available through those portals as the investigation continues.