The Germanwings Airbus A320 plane that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday was intentionally sabotaged by the co-pilot, French officials have said.
According to Popular Mechanics, during a press conference held on Thursday, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin indicated that while one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit, the other “accelerated the descent of the plane.”
“At this moment, in light of investigation, the interpretation we can give at this time is that the co-pilot through voluntary abstention refused to open the door of the cockpit to the commander, and activated the button that commands the loss of altitude,” he said.
Robin also confirmed that audio from the black box indicated that the co-pilot was alone in the cockpit. Despite one of the pilots fighting to get in from the outside, the co-pilot on the inside, now identified by BBC as 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, refused to let him back inside.
“He pushed the button to trigger the aircraft to lose altitude,” Robin continued. “He operated this button for a reason we don't know yet, but it appears that the reason was to destroy this plane."
The co-pilot had no known ties to terrorism, BBC reports.
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