(Reuters) – French investigators will sift through wreckage on Wednesday for clues into why a German Airbus ploughed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren returning from an exchange trip to Spain.
The A320 jet operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline was obliterated when it went down in a rugged area of ravines on Tuesday while flying over France en route to Duesseldorf from Barcelona.
No distress call was received from the aircraft, but France said one of the two “black box” flight recorders had been recovered from the site 2,000 meters (6,000 feet) above sea level.
A person familiar with the recovery effort told Reuters that this was the cockpit voice recorder. Investigators will also need the other black box which records flight data, information that is essential for probing air accidents.
Civil aviation investigators from France’s Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) are expected to hold a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.
In Washington, the White House said the crash did not appear to have been caused by a terrorist attack. Lufthansa said it was working on the assumption that the tragedy had been an accident, adding that any other theory would be speculation.
French President Francois Hollande will visit the area about 100 km (65 miles) north of the Riviera city of Nice on Wednesday along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
Germanwings believed 67 Germans had been on the flight and Spain’s deputy prime minister said 45 passengers had Spanish names. One Belgian was also aboard. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed two Australian citizens had died, a mother and her adult son from the state of Victoria.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement that it was likely some British nationals were on board the flight. He said checks were still being made on passenger information.
Also among the victims were 16 teenagers and two teachers from the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school in the town of Haltern am See in northwest Germany. They were on their way home after a week-long Spanish exchange program near Barcelona. It was a reciprocal visit after 12 Spanish students spent a week at their school in December.
Students were sent home from the school but many returned in the afternoon with candles in their hands and tears in their eyes to mourn.
Barcelona’s Liceu opera house said on Twitter that two singers, Kazakhstan-born Oleg Bryjak and German Maria Radner, had died while returning to Duesseldorf after performing in Wagner’s Siegfried at the theater.
Aerial photographs showed smoldering wreckage and a piece of the fuselage with six windows strewn across the steep mountainside.
“We saw an aircraft that had literally been ripped apart, the bodies are in a state of destruction, there is not one intact piece of wing or fuselage,” Brice Robin, prosecutor for the city of Marseille, told Reuters after flying over the wreckage in a helicopter.
Germanwings said the plane started descending one minute after reaching its cruising height and continued losing altitude for eight minutes.
“The aircraft’s contact with French radar, French air traffic controllers, ended at 10.53 am at an altitude of about 6,000 feet. The plane then crashed,” Germanwings’ Managing Director Thomas Winkelmann told a news conference.
Winkelmann later said some Germanwings crew members had declared themselves unfit to fly, leading to some cancellations. “We understand that on a day like today, they wouldn’t feel able to fly,” he told German broadcaster ZDF.
Experts said that while the Airbus had descended rapidly, it did not seem to have simply fallen out of the sky.
A Lufthansa flight from Bilbao to Munich on Nov. 5 lost altitude after sensors iced over and the onboard computer, fearing the plane was about to stall, put the nose down. As a result, the European Aviation Safety Agency ordered a change in procedure for all A320 jets.
Asked whether something similar could have occurred on Tuesday, Winkelmann said, “At this time this evening, we are ruling out a possible cause in this area.”
The aircraft came down in a region known for skiing, hiking and rafting, but which is difficult for rescue services to reach. The base of operations for the recovery was set up in a gymnasium in the village of Seyne-les-Alpes, which has a private aerodrome nearby.
A small team of gendarmes camped overnight on the mountainside to secure the crash site. It was the first disaster involving a large passenger jet on French soil since a Concorde crashed outside Paris nearly 15 years ago.
The A320 is one of the world’s most used passenger jets and has a good safety record. According to data from the Aviation Safety Network, Tuesday’s crash was the third most deadly involving the model. In 2007 a TAM Linhas Aereas A320 went off a runway in Brazil, killing 187 people, and 162 people died when an Indonesia AirAsia jet went down in the Java Sea in December.
The Germanwings plane was 24 years old and powered by engines made by CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric and France’s Safran.
Muslim inbreeding dragging Britain back to the 19th century
Britain is seeing an alarming spike in birth defects, defects they have not seen since the end of the 19th century. There is a one-word explanation: Islam.
The resurgence of these birth defects is due to the prevalence of first cousin marriages in the Muslim community, particularly among immigrants from Pakistan. Such marriages are legal in Britain, to be sure, but by the late 1800s the risk of birth defects in the children of such unions had become so common and so widely known that the practice virtually vanished. (First cousin marriages, which are not specifically banned in Scripture, are illegal in about half the states in the U.S., which is the only country in which such marriages are prohibited anywhere.)
An article in the London Telegraph (which doesn’t use the word “Islam” anywhere in the article, and waits til the 12th paragraph to mention the word “Pakistani”) opens this way (emphasis mine):
Bradford coroner Mark Hinchliffe spoke out after being told how two-year-old Hamza Rehman died as a result of a brain disorder.
An inquest heard how the child suffered from daily fits and vomiting as a result of a condition probably arising from his parents being too closely related.
The boy’s father, Abdul, broke down and wept as the court heard that if he had lived he would have suffered severe learning difficulties.
Through a translator, Mr Rehman, from Bradford, West Yorks, explained that he and his wife, Rozina, were first cousins.
“We were very anxious whether to have more children,” he told the court. “We have recently had another baby with the same problems again.”
After expressing his “profound sympathy to the family” Mr Hinchliffe said the cause of death “arose as a direct consequence of the neurological developmental disorder.”
He said the family had lost another child through a similar disorder and a third child born had now “presented with difficulties.”
Recording a verdict of death by natural causes, Mr Hinchliffe added: “On the face of it this case highlights a cultural and religious issue relating to first cousin marriages and the potential risk of medical difficulty that some medical experts say can result from such unions.”
Pakistani parents in Britain are responsible for 3.4% of all births in England, yet shockingly account for 30% of all children born with recessive gene disorders. This is because the acceptability of first-cousin marriages is engrained in Muslim culture. In Bradford, 55% of all Pakistanis are married to their first cousins.
Even though Pakistanis represent just 15% of Bradford’s population, Bradford has the second highest number of infant deaths in England, and Pakistani parents are 13 times more likely than the general population to have children with birth disorders. (This according to a study by St. Luke’s Hospital in Bradford.)
According to The Guardian, intermarriage between first cousins doubles the risk that children will be born with birth defects. The difficulty of purging this harmful practice will be especially difficult because it is an established religious as well as cultural practice in the Muslim community.
In Norway, the incidence of first-cousin Pakistani unions is slowly declining, but this is due only to a concerted campaign to inform Muslims of the risk.
There are no quick fixes, which means the U.K. will continue to labor under this burden for decades to come. With Britain’s socialized medicine, the excessive costs of providing lifetime care for patients with birth defects will fall entirely on British taxpayers. And this doesn’t account for the enormous social costs associated with providing education and employment opportunities for this demographic group.
In the worldwide Muslim community, first-cousin marriage rates routinely run as high as 50%, while the rate is about 1% in Europe and 0.2% in the U.S. With unrestrained Muslim immigration the trend du jour, Europe is about to be hit with a medical tsunami which would be entirely avoidable with sensible immigration policies. Alas, the Western world is likely to awaken only after it is too late.
Winston Churchill presciently said 120 years ago, “[T]he influence of the religion (i.e., Islam) paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.” (Emphasis mine.)
Islam is pulling British society in a backwards direction. Apart from a spirited revival of the Christian faith and some severe, Donald-Trump style restrictions on Muslim immigration, the United States will be next.
THE UNITED STATES OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL
On Wednesday, December 06, 2017, President Donald Trump declared that the United States officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. President Trump also indicated that the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv would be moved to Jerusalem.
Israel had declared Jerusalem as its capital since its founding in 1948. Previous U.S. presidents have remained neutral on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, to appease Israel’s Arab neighbors, but Trump declared that every sovereign nation has the right to declare the location of its own capital.
There are a few notable observations of Scripture prophetic significance concerning the historic announcement by President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
2017 represents a jubilee (50-year) time period since Israel’s Six Day War of 1967, and before that another jubilee (50-year) time period since the Balfour Declaration of 1917 by the British government announcing support for a homeland for the Jewish people in the land of Israel.
President Trump’s Jerusalem announcement on December 6th was declared just six days before Hanukkah, the 12-day Feast of Dedication (John 10:22), which begins December 12th.
The United States’ official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital brings Israel one political step closer to fulfilling the rebuilding of their Third Temple, on the Temple Mount site, where the Dome on the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosques currently sit. In the decades to come these mosques will come down and be relocated by Muslims. Israel’s Third Temple will be erected on its Temple Mount site and Scripture prophecy will be fulfilled, as it is written (2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 11:1).
TRUMP TO UN ON NORTH KOREA: We will “totally destroy” them if they attack us or our allies.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed the United Nation, discussing one of the most recent conflicts pertaining to U.S. national security. President Trump discussed the North Korea nuclearization situation, and threatened to “totally destroy” them if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies.
“The United States has great strength and patience,” Trump continued, “but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
He also told the assembly that the country is operated by a “depraved regime.”
The President called upon other nations to work together, striving to cease doing business with and isolate the country, until it decides to discontinue its nuclear program and aggressive threats.
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