Eight years since the suicide crash in the Alps – that’s how it happened

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On March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps about 10 miles north of Nice. There were 150 people on board. The plane which was on its way to Dusseldorf took off from Barcelona at 09.35 and crashed at about 10.41. In April of the same year, it was announced that the plane’s co-pilot, 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, crashed the plane intentionally. Audio recordings from the black box showed him locking the plane’s captain out of the cockpit. Among the 150 on board who perished were about fifty Spaniards, about 75 Germans, including a group of 16 schoolchildren from Germany. The remaining people on board were identified as citizens of about ten different countries. The plane’s co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had flown for Lufthansa since September 2013 and logged 630 flight hours. The aircraft, an Airbus, was built in 1991 and had flown a total of 58,300 hours during 46,700 flights. The investigation showed that before the crash, Andreas Lubitz had searched the internet for different ways to commit suicide and for information about cockpit doors. He suffered from severe depression and psychosomatic symptoms. Watch a clip about the event eight years ago above.