Paris, March 30: The flight data recorder of the crashed Germanwings Airbus 320 which could provide key evidence about the causes of the crash on March 24 may never be found, media reported on Monday.
"It could be that the damage was so serious that the flight data recorder is sending no signal," The Local reported quoting Lufthansa manager Kay Kratky as saying.The official was quoted as saying on a popular Sunday night talk show Gunter Jauch.
While the voice recorder or first black box, which contains audio recording from the cockpit was recovered soon after search and rescue teams arrived at the crash site, the flight data recorder or second black box's whereabouts have remained elusive.
The flight data and cockpit voice recorders, known as black boxes, are crucial to helping determine the cause of the crash.
The flight data recorder, which logs all technical data from the flight, could provide vital further evidence in explaining the minutes leading up to the crash.
The Airbus A320 jet operated by Germanwings, the budget carrier of Germany's Lufthansa airlines, was en route from Barcelona in Spain to Dusseldorf in Germany, when the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit and caused the plane to descend into the mountainside.