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Germanwings Plane Crash: Prosecutor Says No Videos Used as Evidence

Apr 02, 2015 11:08 AM EDT


Brice Robbin, the prosecutor from Marseilles, France, who's handling the investigation into the crash of the Germanwings Airbus last week, says there is no video from inside the plane in the evidence for the case. He told CNN that he is unaware of the existence of any such video, but if there is one investigators need it immediately.

Robbin said, "so far no videos were used in the crash investigation." He quickly added, "A person who has such a video needs to immediately give it to the investigators."

The need for these statements from the prosecutor stems from two different publications claiming to have access to a cell phone video showing the final moments of the ill fated flight. Bild, a German publication, and Paris Match both claim to have seen the video, but have not posted it to their websites.

Paris Match stated in its article about the video that "cries of My God" could be heard in several languages. The piece also noted that "metallic banging" could also be heard several times and speculates that this could be the captain attempting to force the cockpit door open.

Julian Reichelt, editor in chief of Bild online, said "It's a very disturbing scene."

Officials deny knowledge of any such video, and one official in particular, Lt. Col. Jean-Marc Menichini, said the reports were "completely wrong" and "unwarranted." Menichini is a spokesman for the Gendarmie and has been placed in charge of public communications relating to the Germanwings incident.

Reichelt pointed out in an interview that he believes the video is real. He also pointed out that investigators only admitted to finding cell phones at the crash site after Bild and Paris Match posted their reports about the videos. He said, "That is something we did not know before. ... Overall we can say many things of the investigation weren't revealed by the investigation at the beginning."

Andreas Lubitz is believed to have crashed the flight into the French Alps purposely. We reported that he had a history of depression, and it's possible that his senior officials may have hidden that fact from investigators. Lufthansa/Germanwings spokespeople and officials say they're cooperating in every way possible with the investigation. Hopefully some answers to the questions surrounding Lubitz' motives will come to light soon.

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