A picture posted by Andreas Lubitz to Facebook in February 2013
A picture posted by Andreas Lubitz to Facebook in February 2013

Germanwings co-pilot researched suicide, cockpit doors

THE co-pilot at the controls of the Germanwings airliner that crashed into the French Alps last week had been searching the internet in the days leading up to the crash for information about how to commit suicide and the security measures for cockpit doors, German prosecutors say.

Investigators found an iPad belonging to Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot, at his apartment in Dusseldorf that included his browser history from March 16 to March 23 - the day before the crash.

"During this time the user was searching for medical treatments, as well as informing himself about ways and possibilities of killing himself," they said in a statement. "On at least one day the person concerned also spent several minutes looking up search terms about cockpit doors and their safety measures."

The disclosure came as investigators in France reported finding the second black box from the March 24 crash, which obliterated the Airbus A320 aircraft and killed all 150 people aboard.

French prosecutors said they believe that Lubitz, 27, locked the captain out of the cockpit then set a course into the mountainside. The discovery of the second black box, the flight data recorder, should enable them to determine more precisely what actions Lubitz took to put the plane into its fatal descent and to prevent the captain from re-entering the cockpit.

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