The French prosecutor said that the condition of the flight data recorder "gives hope" that its data could be used adding that sets of DNA of all 150 crash victims had been found. He noted, however, that the fact that DNA samples of all A320 passengers had been found did not mean that all the bodies had been recovered.
Officials hope that the second black box, the flight data recorder, would unveil more details about the catastrophe that had left 150 people aboard the flight dead.
According to earlier media reports, the second black box is “severely damaged,” and its memory chip is dislodged.
Investigators said that information revealed by the voice recorder, the first black box, suggested that A320 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had crashed the plane after locking the pilot out of the cockpit.
German state prosecutors' office said Thursday that data from the computer of Lubitz suggested that he had researched methods of committing suicide between March 16 and 23, just before the deadly crash in the French Alps.
The Airbus co-pilot was searching for medical treatment and suicide methods, moreover, he looked at search terms involving cockpit doors and their safety precautions at least once, spokesman for the German prosecutors' office in the city of Dusseldorf Ralf Herrenbrueck said.
Earlier in the day, German newspaper Bild reported that Lubitz had lied to doctors that he had been off sick while flying for the Germanwings low-cost carrier. Lubitz had taken antidepressants, tranquilizers and other medication to treat depression, the news outlet added.
Prosecutors from Germany, France and Spain are currently looking into the fatal incident.