LE VERNET, FRANCE – Recovery teams in France now have a road that takes them closer to the crash site of Germanwings flight 9525.
New video from the site provides some of the first close-up views of what is left of the plane after co-pilot Andreas Lubitz used it to kill himself and murder 149 passengers and crew.
A few big pieces remain, like what appears to be part of the fuselage.
Most of the pieces are much smaller, the result of disintegration when the plane smashed full-speed into the mountain.
Lufthansa's CEO Carsten Spohr visited the crash site to pay his respects. "We're just very, very sorry that such a terrible accident could have happened in Lufthansa where we put so much focus on safety,” he told reporters.
Spohr arrived the day after Lufthansa admitted knowing before Lubitz deliberately crashed the jet that he had a history of psychological problems. In 2009, Lubitz told his flight training school that he suffered from “a previous episode of severe depression.”
The French magazine Paris Match and German tabloid Bild say they have seen video recorded on a memory card of the final terrifying moments of the flight. They say it came from an investigator, but a French official says that’s completely wrong.
The papers stand by their stories, adding that the video makes it clear that the passengers knew they were going to die.
But they didn’t know why, and so far, neither do we.