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Germanwings intentional crash allegations "incomprehensible": Merkel

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 01:29

Families grieving the loss of their loved ones in Tuesday's Germanwings plane crash are now facing suggestions that the plane's co-pilot intentionally crashed the jet into the French Alps. Gavino Garay reports.

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The families of those killed in Tuesday's plane crash came to the French Alps, to see where their loved ones died. But amid the grief, a sense of shock and disbelief, after revelations that the co-pilot, 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, may intentionally have brought the plane down. A French prosecutor says there are indications that Lubitz may have locked himself in the cockpit, before setting the plane on its fatal descent. German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: ""Today news reached us that this tragedy had gained a new, utterly incomprehensible dimension. French and German investigating authorities are reporting that after their findings today they must proceed on the assumption that the co-pilot brought the plane down intentionally." And Lufthansa CEO, Carsten Spohr, says the news is difficult to believe. (SOUNDBITE) (German) LUFTHANSA CEO, CARSTEN SPOHR, SAYING: "We at Lufthansa are stunned by the fact the plane seems to have been deliberately brought down..." Authorities are searching the co-pilot's house, looking for clues as to his intent. Acquaintances describe him as an affable young man. French and German officials say there is no indication that Tuesday's crash was a terrorist attack. E But as authorities continue to sift through evidence, families mourn those who perished, as close to the crash site as they can get.

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Germanwings intentional crash allegations "incomprehensible": Merkel

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 01:29