Germanwings Captain Reportedly Tried to Destroy Locked Cockpit Door with Ax

According to multiple reports, the Germanwings Flight 9525 blackbox audio indicates the captain attempted to break down his flight’s cockpit door with an ax after copilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally locked it and set the aircraft on a fatal crash course.

Security sources told both German newspaper Bild and France’s Métropole 6 that Capt. Patrick Sondenheimer used the aircraft’s standard safety ax to try and make a last-minute breach into the cockpit, while Lubitz sent the plane into a descent over the French Alps.

According to the Washington Post, after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, commercial aircrafts around the world were retrofitted with “combat-grade strength” cockpit doors with “complex locking systems” and “reinforced materials that can include Kevlar, a fiber-weave built to resist gunfire.” Both of which played a role in preventing Sondenheimer’s siege on the cockpit.

On Friday we learned that Lubitz withheld a psychiatric doctor’s note declaring him “unfit for work” from his employer before flying on the doomed aircraft.

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