Voice recordings reveal how killer co-pilot encouraged Captain to go to the toilet

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Andreas Lubitz
Andreas Lubitz

Voice recordings on the doomed Germanwings flight reveals how killer co-pilot Andreas Lubitz encouraged Captain Patrick Sondheimer to go to the toilet so he could be left alone to crash the plane in the French Alps.

Lubitz carefully planned his decision to lock the captain out of the cockpit and crash the aircraft, it has emerged.

Leaked details of the black box transcript reveal that Lubitz actively encouraged Capt Patrick Sondheimer to leave him alone on the flight deck.

Chillingly, when Capt Sondheimer tried to brief him on plans for landing in Düsseldorf, Lubitz replied “Hopefully” and “We’ll see”.

Once the briefing is complete, Lubitz again encourages Capt Sondheimer to go to the lavatory and leave him alone in the cockpit.

“You can go now,” he says.

Another two minutes elapse before the captain takes him up on the offer.

“You can take over,” he says, and there is the sound of his seat being pushed back.

The cockpit door can be heard closing. It would not open again.

Almost immediately, the aircraft began its descent. An automated alarm can be heard in the cockpit announcing “Sink rate” – a warning that the plane is descending too fast.

Shortly afterwards a bang can be heard from the cockpit door.

“For God’s sake, open the door,” the captain can be heard shouting, followed by screams from the passengers.

A few minutes later, there is the sound of loud metallic crashes. It is believed the captain tried to break the cockpit door down with an axe.

“Terrain! Pull up! Pull up!” another automated warning goes off.

“Open the damn door!” Capt Sondheimer shouts.

The passengers are heard screaming again. It is the last sound on the transcript.

The disclosures come after it emerged that Lubitz was being treated for problems with his eyesight that might have threatened his career as a pilot.

Capt Sondheimer has been hailed a hero after he tried to break into the cockpit as the plane came down.

It has emerged that he only recently switched to the airline so he could spend more time with his family.

Sondenheimer has been praised by investigators and grieving family members of victims after it was revealed he screamed at his killer co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to open the cockpit door.

Mr Sondenheimer, 34, also battered on the door to try and get in and pull the plane back up in the seconds before it crashed into the French Alps.

Tragically he did not succeed, and friends revealed how he only recently switched to short haul flight with Germanwings so he could be at home with his wife and two children more.

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