Developments surrounding the Tuesday crash of a Germanwings A320 Airbus, which killed all 150 passengers on board, took a surreal turn on Thursday. The picture of how the aircraft, which was said to be "in perfect technical condition," crashed amid relatively clear skies came into focus as investigators and prosecutors revealed that they believe the crash was intentional.
What the black box revealed
In a press conference on Thursday, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin detailed the contents of the plane's audio, which revealed that the commanding pilot had apparently been locked out of the cockpit by the co-pilot prior to the crash, citing an audio tape recovered from the plane's black box recorder.
“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door, and there is no answer,” a senior investigator told The New York Times. “And then he hits the door stronger, and no answer. There is never an answer.”
Robin explained that the co-pilot "activated the descent" and characterized it as a "deliberate attempt to destroy the aircraft." Citing the steady breathing on the audio, the prosecutor said the co-pilot was believed to have been alive until impact when he and all the passengers died instantaneously.