Paris, March 25: A day after the Germanwings flight AU 9525 crashed into an Alpine mountainside in Southern France, French interior minister has said that the blackbox box retrieved from the wreckage has been damaged.
Investigators are hoping that some of the data from the blackbox can be retrieved in order to ascertain the cause of the flight crash. The blackbox was recovered by officials shortly after the airplane crashed.
Investigators retrieving data from the recorder will focus first ‘on the human voices, the conversations' followed by the cockpit sounds, Transport Secretary Alain Vidalies told Europe 1 radio.
Meanwhile, officials say that it may take more than a week to completely scan the crash site. The plane was carrying 150 people including the crew before it crashed into the mountain.
The flight was en route from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf in Germany when it went down. All passengers on board are feared dead.
At least 67 Germans were believed to have been aboard the flight, along with around 45 Spanish passengers.
French President Francois Hollande yesterday said there might be no survivors from the ill-fated passenger jet.
In a brief statement, Hollande said: "The conditions of the accident, which are not yet clear, suggest there would be no survivors in this tragedy that happened in France."
Hollande also expressed France's solidarity with Germany, Spain and the family members of the victims of the crash.