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Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Hid Illness


Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin (C) with Gen. David Galtier (R) holds a press conference in Marseille, southern France, March 26, 2015.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin (C) with Gen. David Galtier (R) holds a press conference in Marseille, southern France, March 26, 2015.

UPDATED March 27 11:15 a.m. EST: German officials say the Germanwings co-pilot hid that he had an illness from his employer. "Torn-up" notes from doctors excusing him from work were found in Andreas Lubitz's homes in two German cities. One note excused him from work on Tuesday, the day of the crash. Yesterday, French officials said that the co-pilot had purposely crashed the Airbus passenger plane into the mountains in southern France.

France says it appears a Germanwings pilot purposely caused the deadly crash of the passenger plane in the French Alps Tuesday.

The 27-year-old German co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, was alone at the controls when he flew the plane into the ground. The crash killed all 150 people on board.

The French prosecutor told reporters that Captain Lubitz apparently wanted to destroy the airplane. He said investigators came to this understanding after listening to the last 30 minutes of sound on the flight’s voice recorder.

The pilot and co-pilot spoke of usual things for 20 minutes. Then pilot left the cockpit. He was locked out of the room when he returned. The co-pilot can be heard breathing during this time. He did not speak to the pilot or air traffic controllers again, however. The recording suggests the pilot tried to break down the door into the cockpit.

Investigators do not know why the co-pilot would have wanted to crash the plane.

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Words in the News

prosecutor – n. a lawyer who represents the side in a court case that accuses a person of a crime and who tries to prove that the person is guilty

credible – adj. able to be believed: reasonable to trust or believe

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