French Plane Crash Part 8: Pilot studied suicide methods as second black box is found

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 3, 2015

An iPad confiscated from the Dusseldorf flat of Germanwings co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz's, has revealed that he had been researching suicide techniques days before the crash that killed himself as well as 149 other passenger aboard flight 4U9525.

Speaking in a statement, prosecutor Christoph Kumpa said that an analysis of device showed that its browser history had not been cleaned, and that searches between March 13th and 26th indicated that Lubitz had been researching “ways and possibilities of committing suicide” as well as “terms about cockpit doors and their safety measures.”

The evidence has further cemented earlier claims that the 27-year old, who has had a history of depression which temporarily halted his training in 2009, deliberately intended to crash after cockpit voice recorder data indicated that he locked regular captain, Patrick Sondenheimer, out of the cabin before triggering the flight monitoring system, which sent the Airbus A320 into the mountains near the town of Barcelonette.

French prosecutor, Brice Robin, has meanwhile confirmed that investigators have recovered the plane’s black box flight data recorder which could provide more detail as to Lubitz’s actions.

Robin stated that the normally orange recorder, has been burned black from the explosion when the plane impacted the mountain-side, but added that most of its protective casing had remained intact and they remain hopeful that usable data from its memory card could be extracted.

He also confirmed that 150 sets of DNA had been found, but stated that it “could take five weeks” before all the remains from the passengers are found.

In responding to claims about an alleged video showing the plane’s final minutes, Robin confirmed that around 40 cellphones had been found at the crash scene, but that their condition would make it difficult to extract any usable information.

Earlier this week, French magazine, Paris Match, and German tabloid Bild announced that it has seen cellphone footage taken inside the plane moments before it crashed. Neither posted the actual clip online but maintained it to be real, a claim denied by investigators. 

 

IMAGE sourced from mashlabe.com

 

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