The co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 Andreas Lubitz was locked inside the cockpit by himself at the time of the crash. The door defaults to a locked position when closed but the Lubitz refused to unlock the door upon captain’s request.

According to an Airbus video describing the standard procedure for entering the flight deck, the captain of the Airbus A320 would have requested reentry into the cockpit by first notifying the co-pilot by phone that he wanted to enter before pressing the hashtag on a keypad outside the cockpit door.

A buzzer would then sound for three seconds inside the cockpit alerting the co-pilot to unlock the door—something Lubitz didn’t do.

If it were a case of an incapacitated co-pilot, the captain could have entered a numerical code that would trigger an override of the lock.

The alert would then sound for 30 seconds before the door unlocks, giving the person outside five seconds to enter. However, this emergency unlock process can be overridden by manually switching the control to the lock position. In this case, the keypad and buzzer are deactivated and the door remains locked for five minutes unless otherwise unlocked from inside the flight deck.

“He operated this button for a reason we don’t know yet,” Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin told reporters. “But it appears that the reason was to destroy this plane.”

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21 COMMENTS

  1. WAS THE 4U 9525 LAVATORY CHECKED FOR PILOT CRAP? DID PILOT Patrick Sondenheimer, d. 34, OR DID PILOT Patrick Sondenheimer NOT TAKE HIS LAST BATHROOM BREAK?

    *RIP PILOT Patrick Sondenheimer, d. 34.
    *RIP BAVARIAN Andreas Günter Lubitz, d. 27.

  2. Now I am too, BY COMMENTING, but all of us are giving him and all the other disturbed minds exactly what they want, his name and face is everywhere, that notariety is going to be an unraveling of more cowards than just this SELFISH heartless creature, STOP FEEDING THE BEASTS, maybe if you use your energies to stop bullying and show more compassion for the humans immediately in your contact & who you may be able to actually affect then we won't have so many psychotic breaks, you think!?!?!?!?!?!

  3. Now I am too, BY COMMENTING, but all of us are giving him and all the other disturbed minds exactly what they want, his name and face is everywhere, that notariety is going to be an unraveling of more cowards than just this SELFISH heartless creature, STOP FEEDING THE BEASTS, maybe if you use your energies to stop bullying and show more compassion for the humans immediately in your contact & who you may be able to actually affect then we won't have so many psychotic breaks, you think!?!?!?!?!?!

  4. Это с ума сойти!!! Почему таких пилотов допускают до полетов?! Он был болен.. Так же вопрос к полетным школам,почему не сделать в самоелете прямые эфиры эфиры из кабины пилотов для Диспетчеров которые бы отслеживали что твориться в кабине пилота и при необходимости если пилот невминяем отключить полностью управление с самолета на Автопилот,во избежание стольки жертв?!?!? Хочется сказать,Мир-ты че??!!

  5. Самолёт управлялся дистанционно спецслужбами США, ручное управление пилота, дверь кабины были блокированы. Францию который раз наказывают США. Не покупайте самолёты А-320.

  6. AS A RESULT OF THIS HUGE SAD TRAGEDY , ALL COMMERCIAL AIRLINES CARRIERS SHOULD VERY CAFULLY CHECK THE BACKGROUND OF THE FLIGHT CREW MEMBERS AND UNDERGO A VERY DELICATE COMPLETE BACKGROUND CHECK PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY , AND BEYOND THAT A PSIQUIATRIC EVALUATION, BEFORE THEY GET HIRE TO FLY ANY COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT CARGO OR PASSENGERS.

  7. one question, why he put it in slow descent, if he is willing to kill him self why dont he flip the plane or dive down with speed and destroy the plane in the air????

  8. There were keys that would open the cockpit door but they were taken away by the airline so I guess the stage was set for this tragedy to happen. Ironically the whole purpose of the reinforsed door was to keep crazy Muslims out but no thought given to the possibility of a rouge pilot. Or maybe it occurred to them and they dismissed it as a long shot.

  9. Why can't airlines seize control of doomed jets from the ground? The technology exists but pilots and companies refuse to us

  10. the co-pilot didn't override the emergency code by locking the door,, he locked the door only once and the pilot didn't try to open the door by the emergency code because in CVR there was no sound heard for 30 seconds, the question is ( why the pilot didn't follow the normal procedures of unlocking the door???) he preferred to knock the door as he was going into dentist clinic.  

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