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PARIS (AP) — Ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door, the co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself inside the cockpit and deliberately rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps as passengers screamed in terror, a prosecutor said Thursday.
In a split second, all 150 people aboard were dead
Andreas Lubitz's "intention (was) to destroy this plane," Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said, laying out the horrifying conclusions French investigators reached after listening to the final minutes of Tuesday's Flight 9525 from the plane's black box voice data recorder.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the conclusions brought the tragedy to a "new, simply incomprehensible dimension."
The pilot knocked several times "without response," the prosecutor said, adding that the cockpit door can only be blocked manually from the inside.
The co-pilot said nothing from the moment the captain left, Robin said. "It was absolute silence in the cockpit."
American Airlines fleet details
Fleet age 12.7 years
Boeing 757 75 18.7 years
Boeing 767 58 20.7 years
McDonnell Douglas MD-80/90 131 22.6 years
Air Canada fleet details
Fleet age 13.7 years
Airbus A319 16 17 years
Airbus A320 37 21.7 years
Airbus A321 10 12.9 years
Airbus A330 8 14.4 years
Boeing 767 21 21.8 years
Southwest Airlines fleet details
Fleet age 11.8 years
Boeing 737 140 21.7 years
Boeing 737 Next Gen 519 9.1 years
TOTAL 659 11.8 years