Searchers continue for a sixth day to scour the mountainside in the French Alps in an effort to recover the remains of the 150 people killed in the Germanwings plane crash last Wednesday.
The recovery is proving to be a “gruesome job” with the biggest piece of wreckage the size of a family car and no intact bodies found,The Observer reports.
“If you see the wreckage, it’s no surprise that we have not found bodies, but parts of bodies,” Colonel Patrick Touron deputy director of the National Gendarmerie Criminal Research Institute, told the Observer.
Investigators say they have isolated 78 distinct strands of DNA from body parts recovered so far.
The 16 strong rescue teams are tasked with the job of recovering the human remains of the passengers in a tricky alpine environment where some rescuers have been struck by falling rocks.
The body of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, suspected of deliberately causing the crash, has been recovered.
The 27-year-old’s body could reveals clues about why he locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Airbus before it crashed.
It has been revealed today that the captain of the Germanwings passenger jet shouted “open the damn door” after being locked out by his co-captain Lubitz.
Germany’s Bild newspaper has identified the pilot as Patrick S, who tried to reopen the locked cockpit door after stepping out to use the toilet.
Bild reports data from the black box voice recorder reveals the captain shouted “For God’s sake, open the door” while screams from passengers could be heard in the background.
“Loud metallic blows” could be heard against the cockpit door before the pilot screams “open the damn door,” Bild reports.
The captain was heard earlier flight telling a colleague he had not had time to go to the toilet before the flight took off.
Today it has also been revealed that Lubitz’s 27-year-old’s unnamed teacher girlfriend had told her students she was expecting a baby.
Earlier it had been reported that 27-year-old Lubitz had been suffering from depression and had been stood down from flight training in 2009.
German prosecutors believe Lubitz hid an unspecified illness from his employers and there have been reports he suffered from eye problems, according to AFP.
Half of the 150 victims of the air tragedy were German, at least 50 were Spanish and two Australians were killed. Germany will hold a national memorial ceremony for victims on April 17.