A German plane carrying 150 people crashed into the French Alps Tuesday in an operation that may have been a suicide attempt by the co-pilot, French officials said Thursday. All passengers were killed on the plane traveling from Barcelona to Düsseldorf, Germany.
Voice recordings from Germanwings plane 9525 show evidence that the captain was locked out of the cockpit. A criminal investigation focused on the co-pilot, 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz, is now being conducted, according to the New York Times. The identity of the captain remains unclear, as of Thursday.
Information from the “black box” of the plane proves that Lubitz manually started the eight-minute decent after the pilot was locked out, according to BBC News. Voice recordings show that passenger screams and attempts by the pilot to re-enter the cockpit were ignored as the jet spiraled downward.
Brice Robin, chief prosecutor of the investigation, said air traffic controllers’ attempts to contact the plane were unsuccessful. There is no evidence that links any of the passengers to terrorism, nor is there any indication of a terror attack.
Half of the passengers were Germans, according to the German Foreign Ministry. Search teams continue in pursuit of any clues related to the incident.