MARSEILLE, FRANCE -- It was the copilot. The cockpit voice recorder from the doomed Germanwings jet is showing that during the flight's final moments, the co-pilot, 28-year-old German National Andreas Lubitz, was manning the controls, and that he deliberately crashed the plane.
French officials have asked the FBI to aid in the investigation of the Airbus A320's crash into the alps, as that recorder makes it clear that the pilot was pounding on the door of the cockpit trying to get back in during the flight's decent (presumably after he had left to use the bathroom).
“I reckon the victims only became aware of what was going on only in the last-minute, because on tape sound the screams are only in the last moments before impact,” said Marseille public prosecutor Brice Robin at a Thursday morning press conference.
All 150 people on board were killed in the crash, which is still raising a lot of questions. Officials are not calling the crash terrorism or suicide.
"Normally someone committing suicide does it on their own, that's why I don't talk about suicide. When you are responsible for 150 people behind you, I don't call that a suicide," said Robin.
Investigators are searching for answers and still trying to recover the plane, while for friends and family recovery won't come so soon.