According to German police, Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz took the controls of the Airbus A320 and locked out the aircraft’s captain. He then set it to crash on the French Alpine Mountains, where all 150 passengers and crew of the Germanwings flight had met their end.
Meanwhile, police haven’t secured a motive as to why the 27-years-old pilot would take the entire plane on his hands.
After the French Prosecutors’ announcement of the analysis, almost every international airline had changed their rules to require a second crew member to be in the cockpit at all times. The United States has made this compulsory. European countries have not made the rule compulsory until today.
Canada has required all its airlines to comply with the new safety rules. Easyjet, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Air Berlin complied immediately after the prosecutors’ announcement.
Germanwings Parent Lufthansa CEO is yet to discuss the new rules with other leaders in the industry. He believed the rule was unnecessary. However, social media had placed pressure on the company.
Despite his probable actions, Lubitz was not a terrorist, according to German and French officials. He was a young man who had a good physical and mental health and had no sign of inducing harm for others.
However, the intent to destroy the aircraft was clear. The rapid descent of the vehicle showed the crash was a voluntary act.