Second Germanwings black box confirms co-pilot deliberately crashed plane
France BEA's aviation investigators said today a second black box recovered from the Germanwings crash site indicated that the co-pilot deliberately crashed the airplane.
The flight data recorder revealed that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz accelerated the engines as they descended into the Alps, crashing the plane deliberately.
"A first reading shows that the pilot in the cockpit used the automatic pilot to put the airplane on a descent towards an altitude of 100 feet," the BEA investigation office said in a statement.
"Then several times the pilot modified the automatic pilot settings to increase the speed of the airplane as it descended," it added.
Yesterday, Dusseldorf prosecutors said investigators found a tablet computer at co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's apartment in the city and were able to reconstruct his computer searches from March 16 to March 23.
Based on information from the cockpit voice recorder, Investigators believe the 27-year-old Lubitz locked his captain out of the A320's cockpit on March 24 and deliberately crashed the plane, killing everyone on board.
Prosecutors' spokesman Ralf Herrenbrueck said in a statement that Lubitz's search terms included medical treatment and suicide methods.
On at least one day, the co-pilot looked at search terms involving cockpit doors and their security methods.
"(He) concerned himself on one hand with medical treatment methods, on the other hand with types and ways of going about a suicide," Mr Herrenbrueck said. "In addition, on at least one day (Lubitz) concerned himself with search terms about cockpit doors and their security precautions."
German prosecutors said personal correspondence and search terms on the tablet, whose browser memory had not been erased, "support the conclusion that the machine was used by the co-pilot in the relevant period".