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Germanwings Crash Black Box No. 2 Found; Copilot Researched Suicide

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Pictures of the second black box from the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps last week are displayed for journalists during a press conference of the French prosecutor of Marseille in Marseille, southern France, on April 2, 2015. (Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 02 Apr 2015 02:02 PM

Germanwings crash investigators found a second black box this week, and also uncovered more information about co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's behavior in the week leading up to the tragedy.

The Wall Street Journal reported that French prosecutors declined to say what condition the box was in, but did confirm that it could contain the aircraft's system data from takeoff to the moment it was downed by Lubitz in the French Alps on March 24.

The first black box recovered at the site contained an audio recording from inside the plane that indicates that Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit, and set the plane on a collision course with a mountain.

The potential ability for France’s aviation safety investigator to cross-reference the data contained between the two boxes could paint a very clear picture of exactly what precipitated the death of all 150 people onboard.

USA Today reported that German prosecutors also announced the recovery of a tablet computer from Lubitz's apartment in Düsseldorf on Thursday.

Investigators said that Lubitz, who had a documented history of depression and suicidal tendencies, used Internet search engines to research cockpit doors and suicide methods between March 16 and 23, the day before the crash.

Roughly 40 passenger and crew cell phones were also found at the crash site, but investigators suggested they might be too damaged to examine for video or audio taken during the flight.



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