On Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps on a flight from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany. The plane was carrying 144 passengers and 6 crew members. Authorities are still looking into why and how the plane went down, but no passengers aboard survived the tragic crash.
CNN stated, “According to French aviation accident investigators, the plane began descending from its cruising altitude of 38,000 feet at 10:31 a.m. It lost contact with French radar at an altitude of 6,175 feet at 10:40 a.m.” Many people are wondering how this began to happen and who is responsible.
Many arrows are pointing at co-pilot Andreas Lubitz. Apparently, Lubitz made a deliberate attempt to crash the plane which first started when he locked the captain of the aircraft out of the cockpit. The question still looming though is why would the plane’s co-pilot crash the aircraft in the first place?
According to CNN, “Transponder data shows that the autopilot was reprogrammed by someone inside the cockpit to change the plane’s altitude from 38,000 feet to 100 feet, according to Flightradar24, a website that tracks aviation data.” This information points directly to Lubitz as he was the only person in the cockpit at the time.
After the crash occurred, though, authorities also searched Lubitz’s apartment where important information was found, connecting him directly to the crash. CNN has stated, “Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was hiding an illness from his employers and had been declared ‘unfit to work’ by a doctor, according to German authorities investigating what could have prompted the seemingly competent and stable pilot to steer his jetliner into a French mountain.”
“Investigators found a letter in the waste bin of his Dusseldorf, Germany, apartment saying that Lubitz, 27, wasn’t fit to do his job, city prosecutor Christoph Kumpa said Friday. The note, Kumpa said, had been ‘slashed.’” Although the letter about his mental health was found, there was no information found that would connect him to a political or religious motive.
Now that authorities believe they have found what brought down the aircraft, who exactly was aboard the aircraft? According to BBC News, “Among the dead are believed to be 72 German nationals and at least 51 Spaniards. Citizens of the UK, Australia, Japan, Israel, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Denmark, the Netherlands, the USA and Belgium were also on board.”
The Germans on board included 16 students and two teachers from Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium, a school in the town of Haltern. Three Americans were also among the passengers riding on flight 9525. Search and recovery efforts are still being held, and pieces of the wreckage are still being removed from the French countryside.