Germanwings co-pilot intended to destroy plane, says French prosecutor
Some stunning new information has come out of the Germanwings jet crash investigation.
A French prosecutor says the co-pilot appeared to want to “destroy the plane.”
That information was pulled from the cockpit voice recorder.
The prosecutor also confirms the pilot was locked out of the cockpit, knocked on the door to be allowed back in, then tried to break down the door, but the co-pilot ignored him, and deliberately activated descent.
Officials say it’s not clear at this point why the pilot, who had 6, 000 hours of flying time, left the cockpit.
The A320 began to descend midway through its flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.
The co-pilot has been identified as Andreas Guenter Lubitz, who was recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration 2 and a half years ago for exceeding the educational, licensing and medical standards established by the FAA.
We are shaken by the upsetting statements of the French authorities. 1/3— Germanwings (@germanwings) March 26, 2015