Investigator Says One Pilot was Locked Out of Cockpit
PARIS (AP) -- An official with knowledge of the audio recordings from the Germanwings flight that crashed in the Alps says one of the pilots apparently was locked out of the cockpit when the plane went down.
The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation, told The Associated Press Thursday the details emerged from recordings recovered from the black box found among the debris of the pulverized aircraft.
A french prosecutor said the co-pilot, alone at the controls of Germanwings flight, began the descent manually and was conscious until impact. It appears the co-pilot wanted to destroy the plane, and nothing indicates a terrorist attack.
The prosecutor said alarms sounded as banging is heard on the armored door of the cockpit. Passengers could also be heard screaming on audio.
Lufthansa on Thursday said it had no new information about the investigation and could neither confirm nor deny reports about the pilot.
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