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UPDATE: New Details On Germanwings Crash

BY JST NEWS

Facebook Andreas Lubitz Germanwings

“Murder” – as investigators described on Thursday of the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 that killed 150 people on board. Questions arise, how can someone do this?

The aircraft was en route from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany. The police now are searching co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s home for further clues regarding his motives while 18 countries are mourning the loss of their people who were killed in the crash.

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According to Flightradar24, the flight’s transponder data shows that autopilot was reprogrammed by someone in the cockpit to purposely change the plane’s altitude from 38,000 feet to 100 feet.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin stated that Lubitz “wanted to destroy the aircraft.” Whether he had planned this is still unknown, but Robin said Lubitz took advantage of a moment when the pilot left the cockpit and activated the descent, which can only be done intentionally.

Lubitz took over when the pilot stepped out of the cockpit to use the bathroom. Audio recording shows the captain screaming and banging on the door when he realized he was locked out of the cockpit. During last few minutes of the flight, passengers’ screaming could also be heard in the recording.

Authorities are quantifying the crash neither as a terrorist act nor a suicide.

The plane’s “black box” is being searched, it can indicate more details and information on the flight’s final moments. The French government is asking FBI to aid the investigation process.

Lubitz was trained at Lufthansa flight center and had been with Germanwings since September 2013. He had completed 630 hours of flight time as well as passing all medical tests and qualifying certifications to fly the aircraft he was operating. Lufthansa doesn’t have a standard psychological tests for pilots once they are hired.

Victims include 144 passengers and 6 crew members. Lufthansa is providing financial support to relatives of the victims. Bodies of the crash victims are being tested for DNA identification and will not be released to family members until this process has been completed, which can take up to weeks.

Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa, said:

We at Lufthansa are speechless that this aircraft has been deliberately crashed by the co-pilot.

Source: BBC. Additional reporting by Jetset Times.

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