Second black box ‘confirms Germanwings co-pilot repeatedly accelerated plane

The second black box found after the Germanwings plane crashed into the French Alps last month has confirmed that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately caused the disaster, French investigators said.

According to the investigators, he repeatedly accelerated the airline as he crashed into a mountain in the French Alps killing 150 people.

The French BEA crash invesigators said in a statement that the pilot changed the settings to increase the plane’s speed.

“A first reading shows that the pilot in the cockpit used the automatic pilot to descend the plane towards an altitude of 100 feet (30 metres). Then, several times during the descent, the pilot changed the automatic pilot settings to increase the aircraft’s speed,” BEA said.