Airplane

Germanwings crash: Not the full story?

Germanwings crash: Not the full story?
When I heard about the crash of Germanwings Flight GWI9525 in the French Alps on the morning of March 24th, I was shocked, but to be honest, not that shocked. It's not that I expected it to happen, but this was the fifth such incident in the last year. If that frequency is maintained, the statistically-very-low chances of meeting an untimely end on a commercial flight will have to be recalculated. In the immediate aftermath of the crash I,...
Airplane

Major media outlets claim video of Germanwings flight's last moments verifies official crash theory 100% - French investigators say no such video exists

Major media outlets claim video of Germanwings flight's last moments verifies official crash theory 100% - French investigators say no such video exists
Screams of "My God," metallic banging and the cabin jolting to one side - the final moments of the doomed jet were said to have been captured on video, which several newspapers said they watched. However, French prosecutors say it's a hoax. German Das Bild newspaper and French Paris Match magazine say they managed to watch the video, found among the wreckage, of the final moments of flight 4U9525 before the tragedy. However, the outlets...
Info

Howling in Donetsk

Howling in Donetsk
Asia Times' roving correspondent Pepe Escobar just returned from a reporting trip to the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), the pro-Russian enclave in the Donetsk Oblast province of eastern Ukraine. The area's been the scene of heavy fighting between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military. I've just been to the struggling Donetsk People's Republic. Now I'm back in the splendid arrogance and insolence of NATOstan. Quite a few people - in...
Blackbox

From found to damaged to lost: Lufthansa now says flight data recorder on Germanwings Flight 9525 'may never be found'

From found to damaged to lost: Lufthansa now says flight data recorder on Germanwings Flight 9525 'may never be found'
Germany's national airline Lufthansa says that the flight data recorder which could provide key evidence about the causes of the Germanwings plane crash last Tuesday may never be found. Speaking on Gunter Jauch, a popular Sunday night talk show, the Lufthansa manager Kay Kratky said "it could be that the damage was so serious that it [the flight data recorder] is sending no signal." While the first black box, which contains audio recording...

World News