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Germanwings co-pilot Lubitz ‘practised rapid descent’
- Germanwings co-pilot Lubitz 'practised rapid descent'
Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight which crashed in the French Alps in March, may have practised the crash on an earlier flight, according to German newspaper Bild.
Lubitz is suspected of crashing the Germanwings’ Airbus A320 into a mountain deliberately, after locking the pilot out of the cockpit. Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed on March 24; all 150 people on board were killed.
According to Bild, which quotes sources close to the investigation, Lubitz tried something similar on a different flight that same day, from Dusseldorf to Barcelona. He put the flight into a “controlled descent” for which there was “no aeronautical reason,” based on the data from that flight’s black box recorder, the BBC reports.
It’s also possible that Lubitz wanted not only to practice the descent, but actually crash that earlier flight, says Bild.
According to an April report from the French air accident investigation agency, Lubitz likely intentionally crashed the plane, speeding up several times as it descended. German prosecutors said in April that Lubitz performed Internet searches related to suicide as well as cockpit door security.
French investigators are expected to release a report on the state of the investigation into the crash on Wednesday.