3.26.15: More information revealed from black box
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — A French prosecutor says the cockpit voice recorder from the downed German aircraft includes the sound of passengers screaming just before the crash. There’s also the sound of pounding on the cockpit door during the final minutes of the flight — when the pilot was outside the cockpit, trying to get in. But the prosecutor says the co-pilot refused to open the door. According to the prosecutor, the co-pilot’s initial conversations with the pilot were “courteous.” But he says the co-pilot’s responses became “curt’ after the captain began the mid-flight briefing on the planned landing of the plane. He says the co-pilot appeared to want to “destroy the plane.”
Germany’s top security official says that there are “no indications of any kind of terrorist background” connected to the Germanwings crash — which a French prosecutor now says was a deliberate act by the German co-pilot. The country’s interior minister says German authorities checked intelligence and police databases on the day of the crash, and Lufthansa told them that regular security checks also turned up nothing untoward on the co-pilot. Tuesday’s crash in the French Alps killed 150 people.