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Germanwings cockpit voice recorder damaged in crash

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SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — France's transport minister says the initial focus of investigators trying to access data from a damaged cockpit voice recorder will be on the conversations prior to the crash in the Alps that killed 150 people.

He says officials believe it's unlikely an intruder or attack caused the Germanwings plane to crash on a flight from Spain to Germany.

Helicopters are back in use for a second day of searching while ground crews slowly make their way to the crash site where 150 people were killed when the plane took a so-far unexplained eight-minute dive.

Meanwhile, the mayor of a town close to the site of the plane crash says bereaved families are expected to begin arriving today and that local families are offering to host bereaved because of a shortage of rooms to rent.

Leaders of France, Germany and Spain will also meet with them in a makeshift chapel set up in a gymnasium.

 

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