Mar 27, 2015

Germanwings Shock: Black Box Reveals Co-Pilot Locked the Pilot Out of the Cockpit, and Flew the Plane into the Mountain

Aimee Herd : : Fox News

"The [pilot] outside is knocking lightly on the door, and there is no answer. And then he hits the door stronger, and no answer. There is never an answer... You can hear he is trying to smash the door down."
French investigators revealed on Wednesday night some shocking news from the "black box" cockpit voice recorder which was recovered from the crash site of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. (Photo: Airbus A320 cockpit/Wikipedia Commons) 
Prosecutor Brice Robin said during a press conference in Paris that the pilot of the plane had gone to the restroom after reaching cruising altitude. When returning to the cockpit, he knocked "politely" on the locked door to be let back in.

When the plane began its 8-minute descent toward the mountains, the pilot's banging on the door became frantic, then screams were heard from the cabin, and calm breathing from the co-pilot as he was described by Robin to have "manually and intentionally" driven the plane into the mountainside at over 400 mph.

The co-pilot, named as Andreas Lubitz, a German citizen, did not appear to be connected with any known terrorist group.

Regardless, Robin noted that Lubitz—for whatever reason—"wanted to destroy this plane," and subsequently murder the 149 other souls onboard.

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