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Germanwings Crash Intentional: Co-Pilot Seemed to 'Want to Destroy' Plane

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Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Guenter Lubitz Germanwings. (Rex Features via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 09:05 AM

The Germanwings crash that killed all 150 people onboard this week appears to have been carried out "intentionally" by the second-in-command, who did not respond to the pilot when he was locked out of the cockpit.

According to The Associated Press, French Prosecutor Brice Robin said Thursday that the plane's cockpit voice recorder was recovered Tuesday, examined Wednesday, and indicated that the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, sought to "destroy the plane."

Robin said that the flight's primary pilot left the cockpit as they flew over the French Alps, and wasn't able to get back in.

The voice recording shows that Lubitz never responded to the pilot's persistent knocking on the door of the cockpit. As the pilot grew more desperate, he tried breaking down the door.

"It was absolute silence in the cockpit," said Robin, noting that the co-pilot's breathing was normal the entire time.

He said that the audio recording showed Lubitz was completely silent to the very end, even as the screams of terrified passengers grew louder.

Lubitz, 28, was a German national.

Robin and top security officials for Germany refused to respond to questions about his religion, and steered the conversation away from implications of a terrorist plot.

Several special flights from around Europe were arranged for Thursday morning to fly relatives of the victims to the crash site.

According to the airlines, relatives will be taken "to the closest point possible to the accident zone, taking into account the difficult access conditions."

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