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Second black box confirms Alps crash co-pilot acted deliberately

The co-pilot acted deliberately, investigators said Friday

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Data from the second black box found in the wreckage of the Germanwings flight that crashed last week in the French Alps confirm the co-pilot acted deliberately, investigators said Friday.

“A first reading shows that the pilot in the cockpit used the automatic pilot to descend the plane towards an altitude of 100 feet (30 meters). Then, several times during the descent, the pilot changed the automatic pilot settings to increase the aircraft’s speed,” said the French BEA crash investigation office in a statement.