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Damning Evidence Found on Germanwings Co-Pilot's Computer

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | April 02, 2015

Damning Evidence Found on Germanwings Co-Pilot's Computer

Photo courtesy of Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses.

Another twist has emerged in the ever-evolving plot surrounding Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, whom prosecutors allege deliberately crashed Flight 9525 into the side of the French Alps last week, killing all 150 on board.

A German prosecutor today said that Lubitz researched methods of suicide and the security behind aircraft cockpit doors in the days before the March 24 crash. French prosecutors have alleged that Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit when he got up to use the restroom.

Investigators who confiscated a tablet at Lubitz’s home said their search of the device yielded a browser history that indicated Lubitz – who was treated for suicidal tendencies prior to becoming a pilot – researched those topics.

“The username, the private correspondence and search terms entered lead us to the conclusion that the device has been used by the co-pilot during the relevant period,” German prosecutor Ralf Herrenbrück said in a statement.

Herrenbrück added, “On at least one day, the concerned person spent several minutes with search words about cockpit doors and their security measures.”

The news comes on the same day French search and recovery teams say they found the second black box amidst the wreckage, the flight data recorder. Searchers found the cockpit voice recorder last week, which they used to piece together the allegations that Lubitz locked the captain out and intentionally crashed the plane.

A flight data recorder will tell whether there were any technical or system malfunctions on the aircraft.

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