The copilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 utilized the onboard autopilot to put the plane into a descent and constantly speed up the pace of the Airbus A320 as it set out straight toward a mountainside, as indicated by an initial examination of information retrieved from the aircraft’s second black box.
The readings, reported by French agents on Friday, seemed to add to the growing body of evidence showing that Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year old German who copiloted the plane, deliberately kept its more senior pilot out of the cockpit before slamming the jetliner with 149 other individuals on board.
On the first black box, the voice information recorder recuperated a week ago, the pilot is heard urgently attempting to reenter the cockpit after he had quickly left for what seemed to be a bathroom break. There are likewise sounds, French investigators say, of the pilot attempting to separate the entryway while calling Lubitz’s name.
Yet French investigators have been sitting tight for further affirmation of the incidents on board that could just be given by the second black box, the information recorder found on Thursday by a gorge and covered under trash.
A preparatory edit, French investigators said, demonstrates that from a cruising elevation of 38,000 feet, Lubitz seems to have balanced the autopilot, putting the plane into a drop to 100 feet.
At different times, he quickened the plane utilizing the plane’s autopilot settings, building up speed as the craft approached a piece of the French Alps where the copilot is known to have spent past vacations. The plane would inevitably crash just over 6,000 feet, and before it came to its new setting.
The data gathered so far is still preparatory, and French investigators are hoping a more definite survey will reveal more insight into the incidents that transpired in the cockpit. Information recorders catch a limitless cluster of systems data, including more than 500 measures of velocity, height, and the pilots’ activities at the controls.
In spite of the fact that the gadget discovered Thursday was seriously roasted from flame, its condition, authorities said, still given hope for substantial information recovery.
Yet even the starting data from the recorder appeared to affirm proof that Lubitz actively attempted to crash the plane, adding to a photo of a harried man who may have submitted planned mass murder on the March 24 flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf.
On Thursday, German investigators said they discovered evidence Lubitz had searched the Internet for approaches to do a suicide and information on security mechanisms on cockpit entryways.
German authorities said Lubitz utilized a tablet gadget between March 16 and 23 to search and gather information on‘ ‘ways and implementation possibilities of killing himself,’’ and other unspecified ‘‘medical treatment methods.’’
On no less than one day, investigators said, his browsing history demonstrated that he had spent ‘‘several minutes’’ on a site that clarified the workings of cockpit locks and security frameworks.
German officials did not give insights about which sites Lubitz had gone by or what inquiry terms he had utilized.