Patrick S: Who was Germanwings captain on crashed flight 9525?

Details surrounding the crash on Tuesday, which killed 150 people, continue to emerge

Rose Troup Buchanan
Thursday 26 March 2015 14:34
Germanwings is the low-price arm of the German flag-carrier Lufthansa
Germanwings is the low-price arm of the German flag-carrier Lufthansa

The captain of the crashed Germanwings aircraft has been named as Patrick Sondenheimer, The Independent understands.

Captain Sondenheimer was reportedly an experienced pilot, who had completed more than 6,000 flying hours on A320 aircraft.

The married father of two, whose full name The Independent understands as Sondenheimer despite widely being reported as S., had flown with Lufthansa for ten years, according to reliable German sources.

He had flown with Germanwings since May 2014, having previously piloted aircrafts for Lufthansa and Condor.

Details continued emerging today of the final moments of the crash.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said that Captain Sondenheimer’s 28-year-old co-pilot Andreas Lubit had “intentionally” crashed the passenger jet into the French mountainside.

It is believed that Captain Sondenheimer left the cockpit to go to the toilet and on his return he found he was locked out of the cockpit.

In recordings taken from the black box in the cockpit, heard by prosecutors, pounding can be heard on the door.

"The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer," an investigator described as a senior French military official told the New York Times. "And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer."

"You can hear he is trying to smash the door down," the investigator added.

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