Co-pilot in Germanwings disaster may have deliberately crashed plane

New information is emerging in the case of the Germanwings Airbus A320 which crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 passengers.

Word broke on Thursday morning concerning audio recordings revealing that the plane’s captain left the cockpit temporarily and was locked out prior to its sudden descent. The audio reveals the pilot attempting to regain entry: knocking at the cockpit door and then trying violently to get in. Meanwhile there was no audible response from the co-pilot, 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, and no mayday signal was sent as the plane went down over the course of several minutes. This suggests the co-pilot was either somehow incapacitated or acted deliberately to crash the plane. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr spoke at a press conference today expressing shock at the news saying:

“We from Lufthansa are speechless that this aircraft has been deliberately crashed by the co-pilot. Recordings of the voice recorder have shown that the captain has left the cockpit, just for a short time in the beginning, and that he could not go back. It seems to be true that the colleague who was still in the cockpit, the co-pilot, did not give the captain access again in order to activate the fatal descent in the Alps.  This makes us speechless, we here at Lufthansa/Germanwings. I can only repeat what I said for the last days: we are shocked, we are in dismay, and I actually could not have imagined that this is getting even worse.”

French prosecutor Brice Robin also spoke at a press conference saying that the co-pilot selected an option to begin the sudden descent, strongly suggesting the action was deliberate.

More information is obviously needed to ascertain what exactly happened in the tragedy and to learn more about the co-pilot but with flying already a nervy experience for many the news is shocking and frightening all at once.

[CNN]