Germanwings co-pilot 'deliberately crashed plane': French officials

| Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 18:57
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Germanwings co-pilot 'deliberately crashed plane': French officials

MARIGNANE: According to the lead investigator of the crashed Airbus A320, the co-pilot of the aircraft ‘voluntarily’ initiated the drop of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps and refused to open the door to the pilot who was outside the cockpit.

“The co-pilot is alone at the controls,” AFR quoted prosecutor Brice Robin, recounting information gathered from the ‘black box’ recorder. “He voluntarily refused to open the door of the cockpit to the pilot and voluntarily began the descent of the plane.”

Identified as 28-year-old German citizen Andreas Lubitz, who was ‘not known by us’ to have any links to terrorism or extremists, Robin added that German authorities were expected to provide additional information over his background and private life soon.

According to The New York Times, the cockpit voice recordings showed that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down, killing 150 people onboard. 

The recordings however, did not make clear why the pilot left the cockpit or why he could not regain entry as the plane steadily descended toward a mountain range in a remote area of the French Alpine region.

Investigators were studying the voice recordings from one of the ‘black boxes’ for answers on Thursday while the search continued for a second black box.

“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer," an unnamed investigator told the Times, citing the recordings. "And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.”

"You can hear he is trying to smash the door down," the investigator added.

(With Agency Inputs)

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