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POSTED | 11:06 AM | 25-03-2015

Pilots refuse to fly after tragedy in the Alps

Pilots began boycotting Airbus planes on Tuesday night as investigators struggled to explain why a jet plunged into the French Alps, killing all 150 on board.

Passengers at airports in Germany and England were left stranded as crews refused to board similar aircraft hours after the A320, owned by the budget carrier Germanwings, hit a mountain at nearly 500mph on Tuesday (24 March 2015).

The “black box” recovered at the crash site of Germanwings Airbus 320 is damaged, but believed to be “useable,” French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told the Associated Press early Wednesday (25 March 2015).

Investigators were trying to uncover what happened to the flight that left no survivors. The voice and cockpit recorder could explain what happened between 10:30 a.m. and 10:31 a.m. -- a time considered vital to the investigation into the crash, Segolene Royal, a top French official told AP. The pilot apparently stopped responding after 10:31 a.m.

The flight, with 150 people, shook off the morning drizzle Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain, and rose through the clouds. Soon, it was cruising at 38,000 feet over southern France, headed over the Alps and an eventual landing in Duesseldorf, Germany.

And then, without explanation, it began a sharp descent.

Germanwings is a budget subsidiary of Lufthansa, Germany’s national carrier.

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