French prosecutor: Co-pilot of doomed flight sought to ‘destroy the plane’


DÜSSELDORF, Germany — A French prosecutor said Thursday that the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight wanted to “destroy the plane,” adding a stunning twist as the investigation shifted to a possible suicide dive that killed all 150 people aboard.

The statement came after reports that the recovered cockpit voice recorder indicated the pilot was locked out of the cockpit before the A320 slammed into the French Alps on Tuesday after an eight-minute descent.

“I see this as deliberate,” the Marseille-based prosecutor, Brice Robin, told reporters.

His account offered a chilling and calculating scenario: the plane descending in a steep, but steady, rate that did not appear to startle most passengers until it was clear the plane was on a collision course with the snow-bound peaks in southern France.