Airbus plane crashes in Alps region


Airbus plane crashes in Alps region

An Airbus plane with at least 144 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants on board has crashed in the Alps region.

  • UPDATE: 3rd American identified 

    4:15 p.m. EDT

    In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke identified Robert Oliver as the third American citizen killed in the crash.

    He provided no further details Thursday, but Oliver’s parents told Spain’s La Sexta television channel their son lived in Barcelona and worked for the Desigual clothing company based in Spain’s second-largest city.

    The elder Robert Oliver, who is retired, and his wife also live in Barcelona and decided against joining other relatives of victims who traveled to the crash zone.

    The other American victims were Yvonne Selke of Nokesville, Virginia, an employee for 23 years at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in Washington, and her daughter, Emily Selke, a recent graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia.

  • French prosecutor: Co-pilot wanted to ‘destroy’ plane

    PARIS (AP) — The co-pilot of a Germanwings flight that slammed into an Alpine mountainside “intentionally” sent the plane into its doomed descent, a French prosecutor said Thursday.

    Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said the commander left the cockpit, presumably to go to the lavatory, and then was unable to regain access. In the meantime, he said, co-pilot Andreas Lubitz manually and “intentionally” set the plane on the descent that drove it into the mountainside in the southern French Alps.

    It was the co-pilot’s “intention to destroy this plane,” Robin said.

    The information was pulled from the black box cockpit voice recorder, but Robin said the co-pilot did not say a word after the commanding pilot left the cockpit.

    “It was absolute silence in the cockpit,” he said.

    During the final minutes of the flight’s descent, pounding could be heard on the door as alarms sounded, he said.


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