Video ‘taken inside doomed plane’ found

German daily Bild and French magazine Paris Match said their reporters have been shown a video they say was taken by someone inside the cabin of the doomed plane shortly before it crashed.

Video ‘taken inside doomed plane’ found

Both periodicals reported that the video was found on a memory chip that could have come from a mobile phone. Paris Match said the footage was found “among the wreckage by a source close to the investigation”.

Lieutenant Colonel Jean-Marc Menichini, a high ranking official involved in the recovery operation, categorically denied that any mobile phone footage had been found at the site.

Paris Match reported that “you can hear cries of ‘My God’ in several languages” and metallic banging, perhaps of the pilot trying to open the cockpit door with a heavy object. It said the screaming intensified towards the end, after a heavy shake.

Bild said that “even though the scene on board is chaotic and completely shaky, and no individual person can be identified, the accuracy of the video is beyond question”.

French president François Hollande said yesterday that all 150 victims of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps could be identified by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, French aviation investigators have said they will examine systemic weaknesses such as cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings crash — issues that could eventually change worldwide aviation practices. It comes as Lufthansa said its insurers have set aside €280m to deal with possible fallout.

The airline said last night it knew six years ago that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had suffered from a “serious depressive episode”.

It said Lubitz subsequently passed all medical checks and that it has provided the documents to prosecutors.

The French aviation agency, BEA, said it aims to provide a detailed analysis of the cockpit voice recorder information and any other flight data, but also plans to widen its search to examine issues that could affect the worldwide aviation industry.

“(We will study) systemic weaknesses that might possibly have led to this aviation disaster,” BEA said in its first statement since prosecutors detailed the co-pilot’s suspected role. The agency is studying psychological screening procedures and rules applied to entering and leaving the cockpit in the industry, as well as cockpit door-locking systems.

The BEA announcement signalled the latest rethink about airline procedures in the wake of last week’s disaster. It jolted an industry already reeling from other disasters such as the disappearance of planes over oceans and the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine.

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