|Flight data recorder recovered from the crash site to Germanwings flight 9525. Photo: BEA
[Avionics Today 04-03-2015] BEA, the French agency investigating the fatal crash of Germanwings flight 9525, reported that information pulled from the aircraft’s Flight Data Recorder (FDR), recovered yesterday, shows that the Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz set the Airbus A320 autopilot to crash.
“The initial readout shows that the pilot present in the cockpit used the autopilot to put the aeroplane into a descent towards an altitude of 100 ft then, on several occasions during the descent, the pilot modified the autopilot setting to increase the speed of the aeroplane in descent,” the agency reported on its website.
The BEA is continuing to work to through all of the flight data to make further conclusions about the cause of the crash.