The German co-pilot of the Airbus A320 Germanwings Andreas Lubitz is now strongly suspected of deliberately precipitated the device on the mountain, a revelation hit stupor families of the victims, some of whom were gathered Thursday at the scene of the tragedy. In West Germany, the investigators conducted in the evening raids on two homes Andreas Lubitz, 28, presented by his family as a young sportsman, “very competent”, who had always dreamed of flying and apparently uneventful.
The prosecutor of Marseilles, Brice Robin, who heads the investigation since Tuesday, described in an incredible scenario midday press conference that preceded the Crash Air in the French Alps. Andreas Lubitz refused to open the door of the cockpit the captain, who was out for a moment of the cab to go to the bathroom, and he operated the controls activating the descent of the unit.
The death of the occupants of the A320 Germanwings “was instantaneous,” said the prosecutor Brice Robin, who said “think of a reclassification of the investigation,” open initially for “manslaughter”. At the site of the tragedy, the search operations had resumed Thursday to recover bodies and the second recorder A320 ceased at the dusk.
“An additional trauma”
The families of the victims are in their turn made Thursday in these localities. Into two distinct groups (families of crew members on one side, the families of the passengers in the other), they are collected in the funeral chapels erected in these two villages. A total of 201 people, including 33 relatives of the crew members, visited on site Thursday, according to a spokesman for Lufthansa, the parent Germanwings.
“Finding out on arrival that the accident was not one, but the plane crash is a voluntary and deliberate act on the part of the co-pilot (…), inevitably, it was an earthquake for these families, “said the spokesman of the French Ministry of the Interior, Pierre-Henry Brandet. “It added an additional trauma,” he has said.
The revelations about the circumstances of the tragedy on Thursday pushed Norwegian Air Shuttle companies and EasyJet decide to permanently have two people in the cockpit of their devices. The German federation of the aviation sector (BDL) has announced plans to do the same. The same decision was made by the Federal Government of Canada for all airlines in the country.
The Germanwings company could also face claims much higher than what is usually given in the matter, say the lawyers. The company will indeed have to defend negligence charges.