|Horrifying story: Marseilles prosecutor Bryce Robin at the press conference|
The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings plane deliberately slammed the jet into the ground after locking himself in the cockpit. The horrifying full account of the plane’s final 10 minutes was confirmed by Marseilles prosecutor Bryce Robin at a press conference today, March 26.
He said the victims would only have known they were about to die in the terrifying seconds before the crash - and the cockpit voice recorder picked up their screams.
He told reporters: "We have managed to get the transcript of the last 30 minutes.
"In the first 20 minutes the pilots talk in a normal fashion being courteous with each other like two normal pilots during a flight. Then we hear the command asking the co-pilot to take over and we hear the sound of a chair being pushed back and a door closing. So we assume that he went to the loo or something”.
"So the co-pilot at that moment is on his own in charge of the plane and it's while he’s alone... that he uses the flight monitoring system which starts the descent of the aeroplane. This action on this attitude selection can only be done voluntarily."
"We hear several cries of the pilot asking to access [the cockpit]. He identifies himself on the intercom system but there's no answer from the co pilot. He then knocks on the door to ask for it to be opened and he has no response from the co-pilot. We hear at that moment breathing and we hear this breathing from inside the cockpit, and we hear this breathing until the moment of impact so we conclude the pilot is alive at this point”
"The tower then ask them to do a distress signal but again there is no response from the cockpit so the aeroplane becomes a priority for a forced landing. Other planes try to contact this Airbus and no answer is forthcoming. There are alarm systems which indicate to all those on board the proximity of the ground and then we hear noises of the door trying to be broken into”.
"This is the cockpit door, which according to international measures is reinforced. So these alarms go off on the plane which are to indicate the proximity of the ground and just before the final impact we hear the sound of the first impact. "It's believed that the plane may have glided or hit initially before the final impact. There is no distress signal, no mayday signal received by the control tower”.
"No distress signal has been received and no answer was received despite the numerous calls from the tower. The interpretation on this day, and I'm talking today 48 hours after the crash... is the most probable interpretation is that the copilot due to a voluntary abstention - a voluntary abstention - refused to open the cabin door to the pilot. He refused to open the cockpit door and action the button which starts the descent procedure.
"I remind you that in the last eight minutes this aeroplane went from 12,000m to 2,000m." He added: "It's normal breathing. He didn't say a single word after the pilot left the cockpit. Apparently it's impossible to override the system." When asked if it was suicide he said: "I'm not even going to mention this word because I don't know." He added: "He had no reason to do this. "On the recording you literally hear the screams only on the last moments and nothing else. "The co pilot had only been working a few months and had a few 100 hours on this aeroplane."
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