Information from the flight data recorder of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the Alps last month has confirmed that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately downed the aircraft.
French accident investigators revealed that Lubitz made several changes to the Airbus A320’s auto-pilot system to increase the speed of descent.
The first black box, the cockpit voice recorder, found that the co-pilot had locked his colleagues out of the cockpit before crashing the plane.
And German investigators have also revealed that Lubitz had researched suicide methods and the security of cockpit doors prior to the crash.
Ralf Herrenbrück, a spokesperson for the German prosecutors, said they had been able to look at the search history of a tablet computer found in Lubitz’s apartment.
“The user was on the one hand looking into medical treatments and on the other learning about the different methods and possibilities of committing suicide,” Herrenbrück said.
All 150 passengers and crew died when the aircraft crashed while en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.