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originally posted by: FlySolo
a reply to: dreamingawake
Something else just occurred to me. They said his breathing was normal. So when you're conscious, and only seconds away from impact, is your breathing normal? No increase in breath? No fear? Just normal, calm breathing? No way...something is really bad about this. Stinks. Surely, even a conscious, homicidal maniac would have an increased heart rate when just about to crash, with 150 other people. You can't breath normally if your heart rate is increased, it's impossible.
If it were the US, they would NEVER have admitted that it looks like the pilot deliberately crashed the plane.
originally posted by: theabsolutetruth
a reply to: Freenrgy2
According to reports the pilot asked Lubitz to take control, pushed his seat out and went out the door.
“For the first 20 minutes of the flight, the pilots spoke in a normal way, you could say cheerful and courteous,” Robin said. “We heard the flight commander prepare the briefing for landing at Düsseldorf and the response of the co-pilot seemed laconic. Then we heard the commander ask the co-pilot to take the controls.
originally posted by: Freenrgy2
a reply to: FlySolo
Here's what I want to know, but most likely never will.
Lubitz requests control of aircraft
Pilot then leaves.
Why that order?
Or, did pilot mention he had to use the LAV, Lubitz then requested control and then the pilot left his chair.
If the request came first from Lubitz (why?) and then the pilot used the opportunity to excuse himself, then it makes it more likely that he picked this particular flight to carry out his "mission."
French prosecutor Brice Robin did not release the exact timings of the audio obtained from the recorder, but he said the pilots conversed normally for the first 20 minutes.
However, Mr Robin said although the co-pilot's responses were initially courteous, they became "curt" when the captain began the mid-flight briefing on the planned landing.
Shortly after this the captain left the cockpit, probably to go to the toilet, according to Mr Robin.
He can be heard asking the co-pilot to take control of the plane. A seat moves backwards, followed by the sound of a door closing.
The co-pilot was left alone in control of the plane. He then pressed the buttons of the flight monitoring systems to
send the aircraft into descent, Mr Robin said.
"This action on the altitude controls can only be deliberate," said Mr Robin.
It took less than 10 minutes for the plane to plummet through the sky, during which time the co-pilot did not say a word.
The captain can be heard returning from the bathroom. He was unable to regain access to the cockpit, so started knocking lightly on the door.
He received no response. He then began to pound on the door, but it did not open. Alarms also sounded.
The co-pilot's breathing was normal throughout the final minutes of the flight. He did not send out a distress call.
The Airbus was descending at a rate of about 3-4,000ft per minute. The last radar contact was at 09.40:47 GMT at 6,175ft.
Air traffic controllers made repeated attempts to contact the aircraft, but to no avail.
During the very last moment of the recording passengers can be heard screaming. Mr Robin said he believed they were unaware of what was happening in the cockpit up until this point.
The plane hit the mountain at 700km (430mph) an hour. "Death was instant," he added.