SEYNE-LES-ALPES Mar. 27: Investigators now believe that the German co-pilot of Flight 4U9525 deliberately sought to “destroy the plane.”
The lead French prosecutor says the co-pilot likely locked the captain out of the cockpit, then started the plane’s descent. The co-pilot “voluntarily” refused to open the door, according to the French prosecutor, and his breathing was normal throughout the final minutes of the flight.
Officials named the co-pilot as 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, a German. French officials believe that the co-pilot who was locked in the cockpit of the Germanwings plane that crashed this week “intentionally” began the rapid descent that sent the aircraft plummeting into the French Alps. On Tuesday, an Airbus A320 flying from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.
“This was not an accident,” Marseille public prosecutor Brice Robin French official said at a press conference on Thursday, adding that the co-pilot seemed intent to “destroy the plane.” The co-pilot could reportedly be heard breathing from when the captain left the cockpit until the plane crashed, but he did not say a word. “It was absolute silence in the cockpit,” Robin said.