With so many news reports detailing the reported video footage of the Germanwings Flight 4U9525, as reported by the Inquisitr, controversy has erupted over whether such video footage exists at all. That’s why French reporter Frederic Helbert of Paris Match has answered many of the public’s questions about what he saw in that crash video — and on April 1, Helbert describes why his publication, Paris Match, won’t upload the disturbing content online of the final seconds prior to the Germanwings plane going down.
In an article tiled “Video: Inside the A320 Crash – The Details of the Investigator to Paris Match,” published to the site on April 1, Helbert describes watching a few seconds of the Germanwings video, stating that it was undoubtedly recorded using a cell phone last Tuesday on the fated flight.
The Germanwings crash video of flight 4U9525 was taken from the crash site and is authentic, says Helbert — calling the veracity of the footage certain, saying that Paris Match has confirmed the video’s authenticity with unnamed sources from the crash site. Also, the footage lines up with the cockpit voice recorder black box audio that was already recovered from the Germanwings crash site.
“This is a video that is upsetting…creepy.”
Helbert says he watched the crash video footage “dozens and dozens of times” and claims it contains a level of panic and extreme distress — with passengers on the flight screaming and panicking to a level that is so upsetting, along with the sounds being emitted from the video, which was taken at the rear of the aircraft, that the Paris Match publication has chosen not to show the video.
Regarding claims from Lt. Col. Jean-Marc Menichini stating that the cell phone Germanwings crash video is fake, as reported by CNN, Helbert wonders if the French prosecutor is speaking about the same video that he saw, one that was garnered from nearly inaccessible terrain — one that the whole editorial team of Paris Match has reportedly viewed and all agreed appears valid.
“What video is he talking about? Is he talking about the same video? These are questions that I return. He says that a video is false but is it [the same one that] he saw? This means that the video exists, it proves its existence so…”
About reports that cell phones weren’t yet processed that were recovered from the crash site, Helbert says mobile phones were indeed recovered and their SIM cards processed. Whether or not Paris Match has given the video to investigators isn’t clear from Helbert’s report.
“I do not own this video. I do not know how many times I have to repeat it. I, we, have had the opportunity to view it. We decided not to broadcast it. We discussed in the context of a comprehensive investigation. So any request for this video is not about me and not about Paris Match.”
[Image via Paris Match]