The German co-pilot of 4U9525 intended to destroy the aircraft, according to French public prosecutor of Marseille Brice Robin.
In a press conference today (26 March), Robin has told reporters that after the pilot left the cockpit for a break, the co-pilot, named as Andreas Lubitz, “voluntarily” put the Germanwings’ A320 into the dive that saw it crash into the French Alps 10 minutes later, killing all 150 passengers and crew.
Robin also confirmed that the co-pilot remained silent but breathing for the remainder of the flight, not responding to repeated calls from the pilot to allow him to enter the cockpit.
The prosecuter told reporters that Lubitz was not a known terrorist.
The aircraft's cockpit voice recorder was recovered at the scene, but the flight deck recorder has yet to be located.
Yeserday Gernmanwings confirmed that a technician from Lufthansa Technik was working at the crash site alongside investigators from the French and German authorities, safety pilots and a radio expert from Lufthansa Systems.
Image source: Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses BEA, France, www.bea.aero