More details emerge as it is not revealed that the Germanwings co-pilot purposefully locked his captain out of the cockpit so that he could crash the plane.
The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings Airbus A320 locked his captain out of the cockpit before deliberately crashing into a mountain to ‘destroy the plane’, it was sensationally revealed today.
French prosecutor Brice Robin gave further chilling details of the final ten minutes in the cockpit before the Airbus A320 plunged into the French Alps killing 150 people.
Revealing data extracted from the black box voice recorder, he said the co-pilot – named as 28-year-old German Andreas Lubitz – locked his captain out after the senior officer left the cockpit.
At that point, Lubitz uses the flight managing system to put the plane into a descent, something that can only be done manually – and deliberately.
He said: ‘The intention was to destroy the plane. Death was instant. The plane hit the mountain at 700km per hour.
‘I don’t think that the passengers realised what was happening until the last moments because on the recording you only hear the screams in the final seconds’.
Earlier in the flight, Mr Brice said Lubitz’s responses, initially courteous, became ‘curt’ when the captain began the mid-flight briefing on the planned landing of the plane.
The captain – named by local media as German father-of-two Patrick Sonderheimer – then leaves the cockpit but finds he is locked out when he tries to re-enter.
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