In a tragic event early Tuesday a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed into the French Alps. Little is being reported officially as the investigation is ongoing, however, FlightAware data in combination with the ground photos show the truth.
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If you look closely at the timing on the FlightAware page, you see ADS-B data was being received every minute sometimes twice a minute. Altitude was decreasing anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 feet each ping. The last ping was transmitted at 5:38AM EDT of an altitude of 11,400 feet at almost the precise location where the debris are located. The debris are spread across the face of two peaks of the French Alps. The mountains under the last ping location are approximately 2,900 feet. There is only one thing that could have caused debris so wide spread, not a direct impact but a midair explosion.
Was this a terrorist bombing?
We will update as we learn more.
UPDATE: At least two Americans were on board the flight.
UPDATE: The U.S. State Department is confirming that a third U.S. citizen was on board Germanwings Flight 9525.
UPDATE: Sources are saying the co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cabin before the fast descent. We still believe, due to the crash photos and widespread debris, that the plane exploded midair before impact into the mountain side.
UPDATE: Helicopter pilot at the French Airforce Base who witnessed the plane described smoke and the sound of an explosion before the plane crashed, the pilot discribed the plane as traveling at a very low speed. Large debris was found upstream from the crash site which he said confirmed the fact that the piece of fuselage had “been detached from the aircraft before impact”.