Pilot left cockpit before Germanwings crash

One of the two pilots of the German plane that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday left the cockpit before the plane’s descent, the New York Times reported Wednesday, citing a military official.

The unnamed official, who the daily said was involved in the investigation, said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated that the pilot could not re-enter the cockpit after he was locked out.

“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” he told the Times. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer … You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”

He said it was unclear why the pilot left the cockpit in the first place.

“But what is sure is that at the very end of the flight, the other pilot is alone and does not open the door,” the source added.

The Germanwings Airbus 320, en route from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany, went down after an eight-minute descent, killing all 150 people on board.

Authorities said Wednesday that they had been able to retrieve a useable audio data file from the cockpit voice recorder, but a read-out of its content would not be immediately available.

A second black box, the flight data recorder, had not been found as of Wednesday night.

Lufthansa, the parent company of the low-budget Germanwings, said it was looking into the New York Times report, according to CNN.

“We have no information from the bodies investigating the incident that would corroborate the report in the New York Times,” Lufthansa spokesperson Boris Ogursky said, as quoted by the network. “We will not participate in speculation, but we will follow up on the matter.” (Anadolu Agency)

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