French prosecutor blames co-pilot in chilling scenario

The account described the plane dropping in a steep, steady rate that did not seem to startle passengers at first: “The screams are not heard until the very last moments.”

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U.S. airlines require two crew members in the cockpit at all times. In the wake of Tuesday’s crash, European carriers are moving swiftly to implement new rules.

An undated photo of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, via Facebook. (Reuters)

  • An undated photo of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, via Facebook.
  • (Reuters)
  • Relatives of the victims arrive in Le Vernet, France.
  • (EPA)
  • Relatives of crash victims at a remembrance ceremony.
  • (AFP/Getty)
  • Victims relatives react after the remembrance ceremony.
  • (EPA)
  • Police search house believed to belong to co-pilot's parents.
  • (Reuters)
  • Police after search of apartment believed to be the co-pilot's.
  • (AP)

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