A video of the final seconds aboard the Germanwings plane that crashed in France last week has been discovered, reports said on Wednesday, just hours before executives visiting the crash site dodged questions about the mental health of the pilot.
The video was found on a mobile phone belonging to one of the passengers killed on the plane which investigators say German pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately flew into a mountain in the French Alps, Bild newspaper reported.
The scenes seen on the video were chaotic and very wobbly, said Bild, adding screams and shouts of “My God” could be heard, indicating the passengers knew what was happening.
VIDEO: GERMANWINGS PLANE CRASH
Prosecutor Brice Robin, who is handling the case in France, said the phones collected from the crash had yet to be analysed and were being kept on site. France’s BEA investigation authority could not immediately be reached for comment.
On the video, which Bild described as being “indisputably authentic”, a banging of metal could be heard at least three times, possibly the sound of the pilot who had been locked out of the cockpit by Lubitz trying to break through the door.
Near the end there was a heavy shake and the cabin tilted sharply to one side. After further screams the video ended, said the paper.
The footage appeared to have been taken from near the back of the plane but no individuals could be identified, said Bild.
French magazine Paris Match also ran a story on the video and printed an account of a conversation between the two pilots, according to a “special investigator”.
When the captain left the cockpit to go to the toilet, he told Lubitz that he was in control. “I hope so”, Lubitz replied, according to the magazine. Later the captain implored Lubitz to let him in.
Lufthansa said on Tuesday that Lubitz had told officials at the airline’s training school in 2009 that he had gone through a period of severe depression, raising questions about the screening process for pilots. Prosecutors have said he suffered from “suicidal tendencies” before obtaining his pilot’s license.