Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 28, appears to have crashed the Lufthansa plane deliberately into the French Alps, killing the more than 150 people on board. After the plane’s black box was discovered, investigators learned that the pilot had been locked out of the cockpit after leaving to go to the bathroom and could not get back in, leaving Lubitz alone.
In the black box recording, the pilot can be heard lightly knocking on the door. When there is no response, the knocking gets louder. When the co-pilot again refuses to open the door, the pilot can be heard attempting unsuccessfully to knock the door down.
Brice Rubin, the Marseille public prosecutor, said it is clear that Lubitz’s intention was to destroy the plane. He was breathing normally throughout his deliberate descent into the French Alps and upon impact. The black box recording reveals that there was complete silence in the cockpit during the 10 minute deadly descent.
Passengers were unaware of what was going on until the last minute, then screams and cries could be heard on the black box recording. Rubin says that everyone on board the plane would have died upon impact.
Lubitz is a German citizen and, according to prosecutors, was not a known terrorist. He had been with the Lufthansa airline since September 2013 and had flown 630 hours.