Officials investigating the Germanwings crash believe one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit ahead of the crash that killed 144 passengers and six crew members.
Citing sources close to the investigation, The New York Times reports that the cockpit voice recorder tells an horrifying tale.
A senior French military official involved in the investigation described a “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.
“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door, and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger, and no answer. There is never an answer.”
He said, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”
The Airbus A320 crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday after dropping from an altitude to 38,000 over 10 minutes.
While the voice recorder indicates one pilot locked out of the cockpit it appears to tell investigators little if anything about the state of the pilot still flying the plane.