A French prosecutor has alleged that Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 was deliberately crashed into the French Alps, citing data from the aircraft’s flight recorder.
According to a report in the New York Times, prosecutor Brice Robin stated the aircraft’s black box has yielded evidence that one of the flight’s pilots had been locked out of the cockpit prior to the crash and that the co-pilot flying the Airbus A320, a 28-year-old German man, was conscious as the aircraft made its descent, indicating that it may have been a deliberate decision to crash the plane.
On its website Thursday morning, Germanwings posted the following statements:
‘There are media reports as to which one of the pilots supposedly has left the cockpit and was not able to get back in. We have not received any information from the authorities leading the investigation and therefore can neither confirm nor deny the reports of the New York Times. We are working on obtaining more information but will not participate in any kind of speculation. The investigation on what caused the accident falls to the responsible authorities.’
'We are aware of the shocking statements of the French authorities, which reported the copilot of the aircraft crashed it purposely. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and friends of the victims.'
The Airbus A320 crashed into a remote area of the Alps Tuesday morning, after issuing a distress call around 10:45 a.m. local time. The flight was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. French authorities believe that there are no survivors.