Andreas Lubitz may have been the victim of a computer hacker who crashed the Germanwings flight
The doomed Germanwings plane may have been crashed by a crazed hacker, rather than deliberately flown into the French Alps by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, an aviation boss has claimed.
Writing a letter in the Financial Times, he said French prosecutors were clear the plane accelerated as he ploughed into mountains.
He wrote: “That may be, but it could be from any number of causes, including external electronic hacking into the aircraft’s control and navigation systems through malware or electromagnetic interception.
A black box found found at the site shows the plane accelerated as it crashed into the mountains
Andreas Lubitz was signed off work sick, but theories he killed those on board could be ‘misleading’
Many broad assertions currently presented to the public may turn out to be misleading
He said the cockpit voice recorder, which recorded pilot Patrick Sondheimer trying to break down the locked cockpit door and screaming at a silent Lubitz, and the flight recorder data, which shows the plane making a dramatic descent, should be analysed by an international, multi-party air investigation team.
He added: “Until they are, many broad assertions currently presented to the public may turn out to be erroneous, misleading or in some cases lead to improper or counterproductive regulatory and other reactions –including misplaced liability, financial and insurance claims.”
Already Germanwings owner Lufthansa has announced a new rule ensuring two crew members must be in the cockpit at all times during flights.