SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France - Only the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525was in the cockpit when the Airbus A320 slammed into a steep mountainside in the French Alps, a French prosecutor confirmed Thursday, saying he had "intentionally" crashed the aircraft.
French prosecutor Brice Robin said in Marseille on Thursday that the German co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, requested control of the aircraft about 20 minutes into the flight. The pilot then left the cockpit, leaving the co-pilot in full control of the plane.
Lubitz manually and "intentionally" set the plane on the descent that drove it into the mountainside in the southern French Alps. It was the co-pilot's "intention to destroy this plane," Robin said.