Germanwings Plane's Mangled Black Box May Contain Answers to Mysterious Crash

French investigators cracked open the mangled black box of a German jet on Wednesday, hoping the cockpit recordings inside would help them unlock the mystery of what caused the plane to drop unexpectedly and smash into a rugged Alpine mountain, killing all 150 on board.
The orange cockpit voice recorder — shown dented, twisted and scarred by the impact in new photos released by the French Air Accident Investigation Agency — is considered key to understanding why Germanwings Flight 9525 lost radio contact with air traffic controllers over the southern French Alps during a routine flight Tuesday from Barcelona to Dusseldorf before crashing.