Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane'

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The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday appeared to want to "destroy the plane", French officials said.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin citing information from the "black box" voice recorder has said the co-pilot was alone in the cockpit.
He intentionally started a descent while the pilot was locked out.

Mr. Robin said there was "absolute silence in the cockpit" as the pilot fought to re-enter it, the BBC said.

The co-pilot, now named as Andreas Lubitz, was alive until the final impact, the prosecutors added.

"We hear the pilot ask the co-pilot to take control of the plane and we hear at the same time the sound of a seat moving backwards and the sound of a door closing," Mr Robin told reporters.

"At that moment, the co-pilot is controlling the plane by himself. While he is alone, the co-pilot presses the buttons of the flight monitoring system to put into action the descent of the aeroplane.

"This action on the altitude controls can only be deliberate."

The Airbus 320 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf hit a mountain, killing 150 people, after an eight-minute descent.
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  • mash Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:35 PM

    Excuse me!

    Hiran Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:11 PM

    It is very disturbing to hear since pilot suicide is also suspected in the disappearance of flight MH370.

    Gobba Friday, 27 March 2015 11:53 AM

    If co pilot had Muslim name by now entire media would be in uproar. But now media very low key and soon like for mass murderer Anders Brevik will find a medical reason for this slaughter.

    Sana Sunday, 29 March 2015 04:41 PM

    The Polymath is a good example of a real terrorist ! Will pray for Polymath to get through grade 1 at least one day in life, without being a burden to this world forever !

    Peace Lover Friday, 27 March 2015 04:55 PM

    Pls No Racist Comments.

    inthikab Friday, 27 March 2015 06:59 AM

    Wonder why this is not called a terrorist attack?Is terrorism the monopoly of only one religion?

    The Polymath Friday, 27 March 2015 01:00 PM

    Co-Pilot must be related to Osama Bin Laden (911) or he must be an Islamic extremist!

    Shan Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:38 PM

    If this report is true, the Co-Pilot is a mass suicider with a new weapon. Nowhere life is safe today.

    riz Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:50 PM

    Its too early to come to a conclusion.

    kumar Friday, 27 March 2015 09:26 AM

    Alien invasion?

    BUSHEL Friday, 27 March 2015 09:30 AM

    JUST CHECK WHERE THE FLIGHT STEWARDESSES WERE

    Dee Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:55 PM

    Any religion endorsing taking a life is no religion. Even if it is in the name if whoever.

    anand Friday, 27 March 2015 10:08 AM

    mile high club?

    cyril n Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:08 PM

    Thus is very freightening in a modern world,. Is thebco pilot a religious fanatic?


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