On March 24, the Daily Mail report on the crash of the Germanwings flight 4U 952, which reportedly flew into the side of a mountain in the French Alps the previous evening included the following witness testimony:
Pierre Polizzi, the owner of a camping ground near the crash site, told Al Jazeera:
The plane crashed just 2 km from here, high on a mountain. There was loud noise and then suddenly nothing. At first I thought it came from fighter jets that often hold drills in the area.
Lucille Polizzi, 18, said:
We were outside and then suddenly we heard this big noise.
I thought it was an earthquake. We have earthquakes fairly frequently here, just small ones. I wasn’t afraid. My father thought it was a fighter jet but we couldn’t see any. ‘The noise lasted probably seven or eight seconds. Then it stopped. There was nothing for maybe 15 to 30 seconds. Then a second noise. ‘The same as the first noise and it lasted about the same time. I wondered then if it was perhaps an avalanche.
One eyewitness in the village of Le Vernet, where some wreckage has been sighted, told Le Parisien newspaper:
This morning I heard a massive thud and soon after saw several jets fly over.
And according to IBTimes:
Witnesses told the French Air Force they heard an explosion and saw smoke coming out of the doomed Germanwings’ A320 passenger plane shortly before it crashed into the mountains near Digne, southern France, IBTimes UK can reveal.
A helicopter pilot in the French Air Force based in Orange, 30 minutes away from the site of the crash, told IBTimes UK witnesses in the crash investigation told him “they had heard an explosion and seen smoke”.
While the French authorities have not confirmed these accounts, the pilot confirms the French Air Force has received a number of corroborating witness testimonies.
The pilot also confirmed that debris was found upstream from the crash site — which he said confirmed the fact that the piece of fuselage had “been detached from the aircraft before impact”.
Which observations are consistent with this hypothesis:
Confirmation of the presence of Mirage jet fighters in the immediate vicinity at the time of the crash was provided by non other than the mayor of the nearby municipality of Meolans Revel according to this Wall Street Journal report (German edition, translated by Google).
The Wall Street Journal article also reports:
– Various French ear witnesses spoke of having heard two explosions. Why these first reports disappeared very quickly from the media?
– Contrary to recent media reports received by the French Air Patrol minutes before the crash an emergency message from the cockpit of the German Wings machine. This was confirmed by official representatives of the competent French authorities with respect to various media outlets. Relevant reports found among others at Spiegel Online, CNN, France24 and N24. Why disappeared after a short time, the reports of the distress signal from the media and image online waving in the completely opposite direction “Why there was no emergency”?
– Why should the co-pilot, who intended to kill himself, nor leave it an emergency message shortly before the crash?
– The witnesses testified against the French Air Force also that they heard an explosion and saw smoke coming from the A320 just before it crashed into the rock wall. What could have exploded on board?
The same article also asks:
How can the aircraft with more than 800 km / h flying at an altitude of about 1,500 meters into the mountain when physical reasons until around 6,000 meters a speed of 800 km / h can be achieved?
Naturally, a number of crackpot conspiracy sites have taken up this theme, which rather muddies the water — perhaps intentionally. What better way, after all, to discredit a conspiracy theory than to employ a bunch of idiots to offer nonsensical elaborations on the truth to be concealed?