The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings plane appeared to want to "destroy the plane," Brice Robin, Public Prosecutor of Marseille, said today.
Robin also confirmed reports about the pilot being heard on the voice recorder asking co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, a German citizen, to take over the controls, with a chair heard being moved and door heard closing.
The co-pilot was in control, Robin said, and the accelerated descent was made manually.
The pilot can be heard knocking on the door and asking over the speaker to enter the cockpit, but there was no response from the co-pilot, Robin said.
The co-pilot can be heard breathing until the moment of impact, he added, so officials believe he was alive until the crash.
Air traffic control can also be heard calling, with no response from the cockpit