The news of the Germanwings crash of Tuesday March 24, just keeps getting sadder! Today officials of Lufthansa/Germanwings revealed that co-pilot Andreas Günter Lubitz deliberately took down the airplane with 149 other people on board.
Lubitz a 28 year old German national, had locked the captain out of the cockpit before deliberately crashing into a mountain to ‘destroy the plane’.
Based on information gathered from the plane’s data recorder, the captain – named by local media as German father-of-two Patrick Sonderheimer – left the cockpit probably to use the toilet, when he tried to re-enter he found himself locked out. He then deliberately put the aircraft in descent.
On the black box, the captain can be heard using the intercom to ask the co-pilot to let him in, but there was no answer from inside the cockpit.
French prosecutor Brice Robin during his briefing also added that Lubitz ‘voluntarily’ refused to open the door and his breathing was normal throughout the final minutes of the flight, meaning he was not unconscious.