How investigators will determine why Germanwings jet crashed

Mar 26, 2015

How investigators will determine why Germanwings jet crashed

Cockpit voice recordings and, hopefully, flight data will provide the main clues to investigators trying to understand what caused Germanwings Flight 9525 to crash. But that is just the beginning. Drawing on decades of experience with crashes around the globe, French officials will analyze ...

Germanwings crash: five key questions

Mar 26, 2015

Germanwings crash: five key questions

Baffled by the Germanwings crash that killed all 150 people on board when it slammed into a mountainside on Tuesday, experts are studying the last actions of the flight crew for clues. Here’s a look at five key questions: — What does the plane’s ...

Leaders see horror of French Alps crash as probe gathers pace

Mar 26, 2015

Leaders see horror of French Alps crash as probe gathers pace

Investigators on Wednesday made the first breakthrough in the probe into the crash of an airliner in the French Alps, as President Francois Hollande vowed everything would be done to explain the tragedy that killed 150 people. Officials from the BEA crash investigation agency ...

Cockpit voice tape hoped to unravel Germanwings Airbus crash riddle

Mar 26, 2015

Cockpit voice tape hoped to unravel Germanwings Airbus crash riddle

Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the German Airbus plane that smashed into the Alps, killing everyone onboard, and they expect a preliminary read-out of their content in days, an official said on Wednesday. The development came ...

Mar 25, 2015

French elementary school principal admits sexually assaulting pupils

An elementary school head teacher confessed Tuesday to having tricked blindfolded pupils into oral sex during a workshop on experiencing new tastes, according to prosecutors. The confession followed earlier revelations the suspect obtained his job working with young children despite a 2008 conviction for ...

France swings to the right as Europe retrenches

Mar 24, 2015

France swings to the right as Europe retrenches

France, long the land of the left, is making a right turn. The top two parties in weekend local elections were the conservative UMP and the far right National Front. And even the governing Socialists are adopting traditionally rightwing policies: reducing labor protections, expelling ...

'Supertide' draws tens of thousands to France's Mont Saint-Michel

Mar 23, 2015

'Supertide' draws tens of thousands to France's Mont Saint-Michel

Thirty thousand people flocked to Mont Saint-Michel on Saturday to see the “tide of the century” surround the picturesque French landmark. Two people meanwhile drowned on the country’s west coast. A record-breaking crowd gathered at the rocky island topped with a Gothic Benedictine abbey ...