Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately ‘Accelerated the Descent’ of Plane That Crashed, Was Alive at Impact

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 at 7:58 am

It would be nice if they let us know the name of the pilot.

The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight “accelerated the descent” of the plane when he was alone in the cockpit, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said Thursday. That can only be done deliberately, he said. The co-pilot was alive until impact, Robin said, citing the sound of breathing in the cockpit.

Sounds like a suicide mission.

According to reports Thursday, one of the pilots — but it is not clear which — was locked out of the cockpit and was trying to get inside when the plane crashed Tuesday.

This is according to audio recovered from the cockpit voice recorder, found at the crash scene, the reports say.

“You can hear he is trying to smash the door down,” a senior French military official involved in the crash investigation told The New York Times.

This report gives their first names, at least.

Lufthansa, the German pilots’ union and the Lufthansa flight training school in Bremen where the pilots trained are not making any comment or giving out names. They have, however, given information on the pilot and co-pilot and their experience.

But German media has identified the men as as Patrick S, a father to two children. Bild newspaper said he flew for over ten years for Lufthansa and Germanwings and had completed more than 6,000 flight hours on the Airbus 320.

The paper named the First Officer as Andreas L. He was “young”. He was from Montabaur, in Rhineland-Palatinate. He had 630 flight hours. He joined Germanwings in September 2013 straight from the Lufthansa Flight Training School in Bremen.

Lufthansa said both pilots were trained at the Lufthansa Flight Training School in Bremen. The captain had over 6,000 flight hours’ experience and joined Germanwings in May 2014. Previously he was a pilot with Lufthansa and Condor, a Lufthansa partner airline.

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One Response to “Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately ‘Accelerated the Descent’ of Plane That Crashed, Was Alive at Impact”

  1. phunctor on 26/26/15 at 12:17 pm

    Seared, seared I say by the shame of their early coverage of Gabby Giffords’ would-be assassin, the media have quite properly avoided the totes uninteresting names and backgrounds of the pilots. Because backlash, and diversity too!