How Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Practiced The Germanwings Crash


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A preliminary report by French investigators has been released regarding the Germanwings crash into the French Alps back in March.

Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz, 27, appeared to have exercised a practice fast descent on a previous unauthorized flight earlier on March 24th, the day of the actual crash which killed 150 passengers.

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On the earlier flight from Deusseldof to Barcelona, Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit, just as he did on the later crashed flight. The rapid descent occurred over five minutes, when the altitude program was set to 100 feet (lowest possible) then back up to 49,000 feet (maximum altitude.) Normally, air traffic control’s regulation of lowest possible altitude is set at 35,000 feet then to 21,000 feet.

30 seconds after 7:30 am, Lubitz waited until the captain left the cockpit to begin his practice rapid descent.

Lubitz wasn’t caught because he altered the flight level when the plane was already en route to descent, which didn’t change the course of the plane. As he selected “100 feet” fight level several times in the span of four minutes, he also changed the levels back to normal.

Reports show that if the later flight didn’t crash, no one would have suspected his actions. According to Reuters, Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA) director Remi Jouty said:

I can’t speculate on what was happening inside his head – all I can say is that he changed this button to the minimum setting of 100ft and he did it several times.

Quick changes in selecting altitudes during a descent wouldn’t have drastically affected the passengers on board.

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The report also shows that according to the flight data recorder, Lubitz increased speed from 273 knots to 345 knots (505km/h, 314mph) during the plane’s descent. Air traffic control as well as French air defense tried to contact the plane 14 times. The voice recorder also shows noises of the captain knocking on the cockpit door attempting to re-enter the cockpit.

A final report will be released by BEA later this year with further details regarding cockpit security and system failure.

Last month, German prosecutors said Lubitz was suffering from depression and was exploring ways to commit suicide.

Source: CNN. Additional reporting by Jetset Times. 

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One Comment on “How Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Practiced The Germanwings Crash”

  1. May 7, 2015 at 8:30 am #

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