Le Vernet (France) (AFP) – The young German co-pilot of the A320 Germanwings is now suspected of deliberately precipitated the device on the mountain. Revelations that have stunned the victims’ families, came Thursday to gather at the scene of the tragedy.
On Thursday evening in western Germany, investigators raided two homes of Andreas Lubitz, 28, presented by his family as a young sportsman, “very competent”, “dreaming of flying” and seemingly stories.
At midday, the prosecutor of Marseilles Brice Robin, conducting the investigation since Tuesday, had summarized at a press conference the incredible scenario that preceded the crash of the plane in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.
Andreas has Lubitz refused to reopen the cockpit door to the captain, who was momentarily the toilet, and operated the controls activating the descent of the device, described Mr. Robin.
“He had no reason to prevent the captain to return to the cockpit, “insisted the prosecutor. The co-pilot “deliberately allowed the plane crash,” said Robin.
The first officer was “living” in the moment of impact, continued the magistrate, whose revelations are from the operation of the first black box of the camera
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“There is nothing to say that this is a terrorist attack “However, said Mr Robin, recalling that the young man, who had started working at Germanwings in September 2013 and had a record of 630 hours of flight, was” not listed as a terrorist, “which was confirmed . the German authorities
“This tragedy is a totally inconceivable dimension,” responded the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a brief statement to the press: “This is going beyond the mind.” In election rally in Tours, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he was “appalled” and “upset”.
Wednesday, alongside François Hollande and Mariano Rajoy, she had gathered near the scene of crash in the two mountain villages Le Vernet and Seyne-les-Alpes.
The families of the victims are in their turn made Thursday near the scene of the crash, after landing at Marseilles. Into two distinct groups –familles of crew members on one side, passenger families other– they are collected in the two funeral chapels erected in these two villages.
A total of 33 201 people –dont close équipage– members have visited the site Thursday, according to a spokesman for Lufthansa. Most are distributed shortly before 8:00 p.m. coach.
“It is obvious that to learn on arrival that the accident was not one, but the plane crash rests on a voluntary and deliberate act on the part of the co-pilot (…), inevitably, it was an earthquake for these families (…). It added an additional trauma, “said Pierre-Henry Brandet the door Floor-Ministry of the Interior.
“We are stunned by Lufthansa, Germanwings here ‘, also reacted Carsten Spohr, head of Lufthansa, which is a subsidiary Germanwings low-cost . There are not “the slightest clue” about the reasons that have prompted Andreas Lubitz such a gesture, he added.
This was from the town of Montabaur in the regional state of Rhineland-Palatinate (west), where he lived with his parents while having an apartment in Düsseldorf (west), important base for Germanwings company and destination of the flight from Barcelona, which crushed, according to statements by Gabriele Wieland, mayor of the small town, the German news agency DPA
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The other pilot of A320, the captain, has not been formally identified. He had worked for German companies Condor and Lufthansa, Germanwings before joining in May 2014. He had accumulated over 10 years of experience within the Lufthansa Group and more than 6,000 flying hours, spent mostly on devices Airbus type.
“Whatever security measures that you can have in a society, whatever the rigorous procedures, nothing could prevent such an isolated act,” said Spohr during a press conference in Cologne.
The revelations about the circumstances of the crash on Thursday nevertheless pushed companies schuttle Norwegian Air and EasyJet decide to permanently have two people in the cockpit its 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.
Passenger Death “was instantaneous,” assured Mr. Robin, who said “think requalification of the investigation” open initially for “manslaughter”.
On the crash site, search operations, which had resumed Thursday at 7:45 for dead bodies and the second black box of the A320, stopped in the late afternoon, at the dusk. DNA samples were taken on some family members of the victims to enable the identification of bodies, also indicated Mr. Brandet.
The device, which linked Barcelona to Düsseldorf with 144 passengers and 6 crew members on board crashed Tuesday at about 1,500 m above sea level, in a steep area accessible only by helicopter or after a long walk.
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