Germanwings co-pilot practiced controlled descent on previous flight, report says

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PARIS (AP) — French air accident investigators say just hours before the co-pilot of a Germanwings plane crashed the aircraft in the French Alps, he practiced a controlled descent on another flight.

Investigators say Andreas Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit before he crashed flight 4325 in March.

150 people were killed.

Today, French investigators say Lubitz set the same plane into descent mode five times, on an earlier flight.

The descents were not sharp enough for anyone to notice.

Investigators say that flight had taken the same route as the doomed plane — Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany, and that the pilot appears to have left the cockpit during that flight as well.

Lubitz crashed the plane during its next flight.

The airline hasn’t commented.



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