Audio from the voice recorder of Germanwings Flight 9525 reveals the captain was locked out of the cockpit while the co-pilot appeared to make a deliberate attempt to destroy the plane, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said Thursday.
The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight “activated the descent” of the plane when he was alone in the cockpit, Robin said. That can only be done deliberately, he said.
From what investigators have found, it seems the co-pilot “wanted to destroy the aircraft,” the prosecutor said.
However, as of now, there’s “nothing to allow us to say that it was a terrorist attack,” he said.
Robin said the co-pilot was a German national and not on any terrorism list. He named him as Andreas Lubitz.
When a reporter asked Robin whether he knew Lubitz’s religion, Robin said that he did not know.
The most plausible explanation of the crash is that the co-pilot “through deliberate abstention, refused to open the cabin door … to the chief pilot, and used the button” to cause the plane to lose altitude, Robin said.
Screaming could be heard on the audio recording only in the last few minutes, and death was instantaneous for those on board, he said.
Robin said he was not thinking of the Germanwings crash as a suicide, explaining: “When you are responsible for 150 people, I don’t call it a suicide.”