Reports: Cell Phone Video Reveals Last Moments of Germanwings Flight
French and German media are reporting on a cell phone video that was apparently taken aboard the Germanwings flight just before it crashed into the French Alps.
According to the reports, the video was obtained from a cell phone memory card that was found intact in the wreckage. It contained a 14-second video that has not been made public.
It's unclear who shot the video, but it was reportedly recorded from the rear of the plane.
Paris Match and Bild obtained a video taken during the final seconds of the fated Germanwings flight 4U9525 and found among the wreckage by a source close to the investigation. Its origin – a cell phone – was clear. The scene was so chaotic that it was hard to identify people, but the sounds of the screaming passengers made it perfectly clear that they were aware of what was about to happen to them. One can hear cries of “My God” in several languages. Metallic banging can also be heard more than three times, perhaps of the pilot trying to open the cockpit door with a heavy object. Towards the end, after a heavy shake, stronger than the others, the screaming intensifies. Then nothing.
Investigators have said that the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, intentionally crashed the plane after locking the other pilot out of the cockpit.
Meantime, Lufthansa - the parent airline of Germanwings - now says it knew about Lubitz's struggles with depression as far back as 2009.
The airline said that its research since the crash has uncovered emails from Lubitz in which he disclosed a "serious depressive episode" that required him to interrupt his flight training.
Last week, the airline claimed to have had no knowledge about why Lubitz took a break from his training. The airline said Tuesday that those initial claims were incorrect
Greg Palkot reported this afternoon that Lubitz was still eventually deemed flight-worthy after being evaluated.
He said authorities are now looking at implementing more psychological evaluations for prospective pilots in Europe.
Lubitz was not required to disclose the depression issues, but did so voluntarily.
Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted to the latest revelation this afternoon (video above) with Shepard Smith.
Shep called it "incredible" and "laughable" that Lufthansa is calling today's new announcement a "clarification."
He said Lufthansa was very clear last week that Lubitz was fit to fly and had no medical problems.
Napolitano said this new information could open up Lufthansa to a much larger liability in eventual lawsuits by the families of the victims.
He explained that punitive damages will probably be sought and that may not be covered by the airline's insurance carrier.
"Here, it appears that Lufthansa did not follow the law. And as a result, they will be open to catastrophic liability," said Napolitano.
Watch his full analysis above.