A transcript of the sounds recorded by the doomed Germanwings’ Airbus A320 cockpit voice recorder shows passengers began screaming over five minutes before the plane crashed into the French Alps.
The German newspaperBild reports that 1.5 hours of audio was obtained from the black box and shows the plane reaching a cruising altitude of 38,000 at 10.27am local time.
According to a translation of Bild’s report obtained by The Independent, the plane’s radar picked up that the aircraft was starting to descend at 10.29am.
At 10.32am air traffic control contacted the plane and received no response. Shortly after this banging starts which is presumed to be Captain Patrick Sondheimer hitting the cockpit door, and passengers begin screaming.
At 10.35am, a “loud metallic bang” on the door can be heard as the captain desperately tries to gain entry. Ninety seconds later the warning “terrain pull up” goes off. At 10.37am, the pilot is heard shouting “open the damn door” but is met by silence.
At 10.40am, screams from passengers are audible one last time as the plane’s right wing scrapes a mountain top.