UPDATED 26 March 13:19 UTC | The Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps on 24 March did so in the deliberate hands of the copilot, investigators said Thursday. The copilot was alone in the cockpit in the final ten minutes and remained totally silent until impact. The captain was locked outside and tried to enter by force, says the team looking into the tragic event.
The reports say the captain was outside the cockpit when the aircraft began its descend from FL380. The captain first asked to have the door opened, but that question remained unanswered by the copilot. The recordings apparently finally hear the pilot banging on the door and trying to smash it in. The copilot remained silent but could be heard breathing normally on the cockpit voice recorder. A rather horrofic detail is that screams can be heard at the very end, possibly from passengers.
Germanwings issued a statement later on Thursday, saying it is ‘shaken’ by the findings in France.
All 150 people on board died on Tuesday, when their Airbus A320 crashed in French Alps during a flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. The aircraft reached its cruising altitude of 38,000 feet, but almost immediately started a steady 3,500 feet per minute descend in a straight line, until it hit mountainous terrain. There’s was no distress signal at any time.
The wreckage was found soon afterwards, almost totaly disintegrated. The cockpit voice recorder was found within several hours, badly damaged but usable.
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