The descent to destruction of the Germanwings Airbus may have been a deliberate, suicidal choice by the pilot who remained in the cockpit, French aviation experts believe.
They said that a conscious decision must have been made by the remaining pilot to put the Barcelona-Dusseldorf flight onto a downward 11-minute descent until it collided with a mountain in the French Alps.
Following the revelation that one of the two pilots was locked out of the cockpit , the experts told the French news agency AFP that events pointed to either the suicide or sudden illness of the remaining pilot.
Illness was very unlikely, they said, because a conscious decision must have been made to place the aircraft on a gentle downward trajectory. In pictures: Germanwings Airbus A320 plane crash
“A downward trajectory of this kind can only be the result of a voluntary acton by the crew,” an expert told AFP.