Førstepiloten forlot kabinen for å gjøre et nødvendig ærend og annenpiloten sittende alene. Det første han gjorde var å starte nedstigningen som åtte minutter senere skulle ende i døden. Det var en bevisst handling. Piloten har fått et navn: tyske Andreas Lubitz.

Forhørsdommer i Marseille, Brice Robin, fortalte på pressekonferansen at de kan høre at andreflygeren puster normalt mens flyet er på vei nedover. De utelukker derfor at han har hatt et illebefinnende eller hatt panikk.

Robin: «(Co-pilot) was breathing normally;. It wasn’t the breath of somebody who was struggling. He didn’t say a single word. Total silence.»

Skrik fra passasjerene høres kun helt på slutten av opptaket. Det tyder på at de ikke visste at de var i ferd med å krasje før i siste sekund, sier aktor.

Robin: «I think the victims only realised at the last moment because on the recording you only hear the screams literally on the last moments of the recording.»

De to pilotene hadde en normal og hyggelig samtale før kapteinen forlot cockpiten.

Daily Mail skriver om adgangen til cockpiten:

Pilots can restrict access to the flight deck although cabin crew can gain entry in an emergency. However, this emergency access can be over-ridden by the pilot for between five to 20 minutes.

The limited time to keep the door closed is itself a safety feature, in case the flight crew become incapacitated – known in the industry as ‘incap’.

 

Co-piloten var tysk statsborger.

The co-pilot was a German national and Robin says he has asked for information on his background from German authorities. The relatives of the victims have been informed of these latest developments.

 

Andreas-Lubitz
Andrepiloten het Andreas Lubitz og var 28 år.

Andreas Lubitz is confirmed as the pilot controlling the Germanwings plane that crashed in the Alps killing 150

Fra Wall Street Journal:

FRANKFURT—The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday was Andreas Lubitz, 28, of Montabaur, according to a flight club where he was a member.

“Andreas became a member of the club as a youth to fulfill his dream of flying,” the LSC club said in a death notice on its website.

Aktor er overbevist om at dette var en bevisst handling. De er sikre på at det ikke var noen andre i cockpiten. Det er ingen indikasjoner at dette var terrorisme.

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