mdash; The ravine echoes with helicopter rotors, the scrape of metal on stone, the rumble of sliding scree as the remnants of Germanwings Flight 9525 dislodge from the mountainside.
The somber mission to recover the remains of 150 people killed when their plane slammed full speed into the Col de Mariaud is not a quiet one, and evidence can be gathered only when the mountains cooperate.
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(SISTERON, FRANCE)—The German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps frequented a gliding club near the crash site as a child with his parents, according to a member of the club.
Francis Kefer, a member of the club in the town of Sisteron, said on i-Tele television that Andreas Lubitz’s family and other members of the gliding club in his home town of Montabaur, Germany, came to the region regularly between 1996 and 2003.
French prosecutors say Lubitz deliberately slammed the Germanwings flight into a mountain on Tuesday, killing all 150 people aboard.