Thursday, March 26, 2015

Co-pilot deliberately crashed A320

Authorities say the Germanwings A320 that crashed in the French Alps Tuesday, killing 150 people, was intentionally flown into the mountain by the co-pilot. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit and refused to open the door despite frantic pounding. The plane, on a flight between Barcelona, Spain, and Duesseldorf, Germany, went into a sudden, steep descent that lasted eight minutes before it crashed in rugged terrain some 65 miles north of the French Riviera city of Nice. Germanwings is a low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa. (Sources: multiple, including ABCNews, New York Times, 03/26/15) Gulf Coast note: Airbus will open an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., this year. Previous