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 / Updated  / Source: NBC News

Around 80 percent of the wreckage has now been recovered from the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps, airline officials said Wednesday.

Some thirty-five tons of debris has now been removed from the mountainside, Carsten Hernig, a representative from parent company Lufthansa told reporters.

“We have found of course parts of the cockpit, engines, electrical equipment,” he said.

The next step will be the environmental cleanup of the site, he said, adding that personal objects found at the site were being taken to police.

Germanwings Flight 4U9525 crashed en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on March 24, killing all 149 people on board. Prosecutors believe the crash was caused by First Officer Andreas Lubitz, who previously experienced depression and who is thought to have deliberately flown the plane into a mountain while his Captain was on a bathroom break.


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