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26 March 2015 – The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps, named as Andreas Lubitz, apparently appeared to want to “destroy the plane”, French officials have said.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, citing information from the “black box” voice recorder, said the co-pilot was alone in the cockpit.

He intentionally started a descent while the pilot was locked out.

Mr Robin said there was “absolute silence in the cockpit” as the pilot fought to re-enter it.

He said air traffic controllers made repeated attempts to contact the aircraft, but to no avail. Passengers could be heard screaming just before the crash, he added.

The news has sent shock waves through the aviation industry all day, and has already resulted in several air carriers swiftly changing procedures, to always ensure that a second person is in the cockpit whenever a pilot or co-pilot leaves.

Security of the cockpit remains vital but these revelations will almost certainly bring about fundamental change to the measures already in place, possibly by disabling the locking mechanism which allowed Lubitz to essentially override the emergency override and effectively seal himself into the cockpit.

Many other changes will likely be made including to the checking of the mental health of pilots and co-pilots licensed to fly commercial jets.

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3 January 2015 – At least four large sections of what is believed to be the remains of AirAsia flight QZ8501 have been located off the coast of Borneo in the Java Sea.

The aircraft, with 162 people souls aboard, lost contact with air traffic control in severe weather 45 minutes into a flight from Indonesia to Singapore.

Some forty bodies have already been discovered.

Separately, it has been revealed that AirAsia didn’t have permission to operate the flight last Sunday. Licensing restrictions meant the flight was only allowed to operate four days per week.

AirAsia has had it’s license to operate the flights rescinded pending the outcome of a full investigation.

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28 December 2014 – An AirAsia plane with with 162 souls aboard is feared lost over the Java Sea. Flight QZ8501 was en-route from Indonesia to Singapore when it lost contact with air traffic control. Search and rescue operations are under way, but there seems little hope of finding anyone alive.

AirAsia is one the most popular low-cost airlines in the region and operates a fleet of some 170 Airbus A320 aircraft. Weather conditions in the the area at the time were said to be poor and may have contributed to the loss of the airliner.

AirAsia operates primarily out of Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia, and this is the third incident to beset airlines in the region in the past twelve months. Malaysia’s national carrier Malaysia Airlines has suffered two disasters this year – flights MH370 and MH17 – but AirAsia has never lost a plane.

Flight MH370 disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March with 239 passengers and crew, and MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July, killing all 298 on board.

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