The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps, named as Andreas Lubitz, appeared to want to "destroy the plane", officials said.

    Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, citing information from the "black box" voice recorder, said the co-pilot was alone in the cockpit.

    He intentionally started a descent while the pilot was locked out.


The minute-by-minute account of the last half hour is interesting. One can construct a few, not-too-compelling alternate interpretations. The deliberate actions of a co-pilot seems most convincing. If they find anything remaining of the co-pilot's body, they might be able to determine if he had a seizure of some sort, but yes, the recorder said so-pilot was breathing normally.

MESSAGE TO AIRLINES: Pilot should always have alternate means of getting into cockpit if the door seems locked from within.

posted by ButterflyEffect: 1490 days ago