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Did one Germanwings pilot deliberately lock the other out of the cockpit? Flight recorder reveals colleague tried to smash door down - as it emerges access code can be disabled from INSIDE
The pilot of the doomed Germanwings Airbus A320 may have deliberately locked his co-pilot and crew out of the cockpit minutes before it crashed into an Alpine mountainside killing 150 people, it was claimed today.
Audio files taken from the black box recorder suggested that one of the pilots was forced to try and smash down the door after being unable to enter the flight deck, according to the New York Times.
Experienced pilots today told MailOnline that under normal conditions crew have an emergency access code to enter the cockpit through the locked door.
They can only be stopped from using it if whoever is inside the cockpit manually and intentionally disables it.
The revelation will heighten fears that suicide or a terror attack was the cause of the disaster.
Locks on cockpit doors were introduced throughout the world’s airlines in the aftermath of 9/11 to keep terrorists from taking the controls in a hijacking.
Meanwhile, the co-pilot was named today as Andreas Günter Lubitz, a 28-year-old German who had just 600 hours of flying experience, but had won an award for his outstanding flying skills.
The captain was named by local media only as German father-of-two Patrick S.
Tony Newton, a Civil Aviation Authority examiner and commercial pilot with 20 years’ experience of flying A320 aircraft, told MailOnline: ‘This takes the whole thing off in a different direction.
‘Blocking access requires a deliberate action on behalf of the pilot. It’s a pretty dark thing to have happened.’
Cockpit recordings recovered from the crash site indicated one of the seats was pushed back and the door opened and closed.
An unnamed military investigator told the New York Times: ‘The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer.
‘And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer. You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.’
A source told AFP news agency that an alarm indicating the proximity to the ground could be heard before the moment of impact.
The recording has shed new light on the missing eight minutes from 10.31am when air traffic controllers lost contact with the pilots, who failed to send any distress signal.
Details from the first report submitted by the French to the German government revealed that at 10.31am, the 24-year-old Airbus A320 left its assigned altitude and began dropping towards the ground at a speed of 3,500ft per minute, before smashing into a ravine at 6,200ft.
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