Due to the latest news in the investigation, experts came to a decision that Lubitz practiced the fast descent of the plane earlier. The second pilot of that unlucky race…
Due to the latest news in the investigation, experts came to a decision that Lubitz practiced the fast descent of the plane earlier.
The second pilot of that unlucky race was suffering from depression in the past and, according to the prior conclusions, this illness was the reason for the Airbus A320 catastrophe that occurred in French Alps this spring and took away lives of 150 people.
Investigators said that 37-year-old Andreas Lubitz got himself locked in the plane cockpit, while the first pilot was out and started the quick descent of the plane. Among the records from the plane’s black box, police found evidence at his home that pointed on his illness and his browser history search requests on ‘how to commit suicide’ in particular.
The suicide pilot seem to have been practicing the descent of the plane before, on the Dusseldorf – Barcelona flight on the 24th of March. The investigators also added that at some moments, the attitude adjustment control was set in the lowest and the highest possible position (100 ft and 49,000 ft respectively), whereas it had been told by the flight center in Bordeaux to set the flight attitude to 35,000 ft and then lower it to 21,000 ft.
The graph above shows Lubitz’s ‘experiment’ with the plane. Where the solid green line shows the position of the attitude regulator and the dash one shows the actual attitude of the plane. Experts explain that this change was unobserved neither by the second pilot, neither by the passengers due to the plane’s construction.