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Black box: Germanwings pilot tries to smash down cockpit door

Last updated on January 21, 2018


A young German, 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, who was co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed on Tuesday, intentionally set the plane on a course to crash into an Alpine mountain, authorities have said.

The young co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately sent the plane veering downwards more than 3,000 feet per minute. This latest update coincides with an early report today from The New York Times.

A new report from The New York Times suggests that the pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed on Tuesday, was locked out of the cockpit.

New information found on the voice recordings from the plane’s black box showed audio between the pilots was “very smooth, very cool” during the early part of the flight.

Not long afterward though, audio from the black box revealed that one of the pilots left the cockpit and was unable to get back in.

“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” an investigator described only as a senior French military official told the New York Times, citing the recordings. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.”

The recordings did not make it clear as to why the pilot left or why he was unable to get back inside to regain control of the plane that crashed, killing all 150 on board.

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

Investigators were still busy studying the black box to try and determine what happened prior to the plane’s rapid decent toward a remote mountainside in the French alps.

“We don’t know yet the reason why one of the guys went out,” the official said. “But what is sure is that at the very end of the flight, the other pilot is alone and does not open the door.”

A spokesman for Germanwings’ owner Lufthansa said: “We have no information from the authorities that confirms this report and we are seeking more information. We will not take part in speculation on the causes of the crash.”

It has been confirmed that the main pilot had more than 6,000 hours of flying time and the co-pilot had 630 hours. The co-pilot had been with Germanwings since September 2013.

German police were searching the home of Lubitz for evidence that might offer some explanation for what was behind Tuesday’s crash in the French Alps. Both French and German officials said there was no indication he was a terrorist.


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