March 26, 2015 / 12:09 PM / in 3 years

Germanwings co-pilot likely crashed jet deliberately: prosecutor

PARIS (Reuters) - The co-pilot of a Germanwings jet that went down in the French Alps, killing 150 people, appears to have crashed the plane deliberately, a Marseille prosecutor said on Thursday.

A rescue helicopter from the French Gendarmerie lands behind a media satellite dish seen during operations near the crash site of an Airbus A320, in Seyne-les-Alpes, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

The German citizen, left in sole control of the Airbus A320 after the captain left the cockpit, refused to re-open the door and pressed a button that sent the jet into its fatal descent, the prosecutor told a news conference carried on live television.

Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by James Regan

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