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Live Updates: Alps Crash Latest

Written By andika jamanta on Kamis, 26 Maret 2015 | 20.49

Live Updates: Alps Crash Latest

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  1. Breaking News: Alps Crash Co-Pilot 'Wanted To Destroy Plane'
  2. Breaking News: What We Know About German Crash Co-Pilot
  3. Breaking News: 'Chilling Revelations' Of Plane's Final Moments
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Alps Crash Co-Pilot 'Wanted To Destroy Plane'

The co-pilot of a plane which crashed in the Alps activated the descent button and refused to open the cockpit door to the pilot.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin says the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, 28, was alone at the controls of the Germanwings flight and "intentionally" sent the plane into the doomed descent.

He said that the crew member - who won a Federal Aviation Authority award in 2013 - wanted to "destroy the plane".

He said: "We assume the (captain) went to the loo or something. The co-pilot is on his own in charge of the plane, and it is while he is alone that he uses the flight monitoring system which starts the descent of the plane."

The flight monitoring system cannot be accidentally triggered, he added.

"We hear several cries from the captain asking to get in. Through the intercom system he identifies himself - but there is no answer. He knocks on the door and asks for it to be opened - but there is no answer."

The plane ploughed into the side of a mountain at around 430mph, killing all of those on board instantly.

"I think the victims only realised at the last moment because on the recording you only hear the screams literally on the last moments of the recording."

Mr Robin said Mr Lubitz was a German national but does not know his ethnicity or religion.

He said there is nothing to indicate that this was a terrorism-related event. He said he would not speculate on whether the co-pilot had committed suicide.

He said the families are in a "state of shock" and "can't believe what has happened".

Mr Lubitz is understood to have joined the airline in 2013 straight after training.

Breathing could be heard from the cockpit and was normal, which has led investigators to believe he was conscious at the time.

There was no contact made with air traffic control in the final eight minutes of the flight.

Some 500 people are now working on the investigation, which is hampered by the remote location of the crash.

Each body must be removed by helicopter as the mountainside is very steep. The recovery process is expected to take a week.

Relatives of the co-pilot are in France and being kept away from grieving relatives.

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What We Know About German Crash Co-Pilot

The co-pilot of Flight 9525 which crashed in the French Alps wanted to "destroy the plane", a prosecutor has said.

Andreas Lubitz, who was 28 and a German national, is understood to have joined the Germanwings airline in 2013 straight after training.

It is also reported Mr Lubitz had been included by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on its database to show he had met or exceeded its pilot certification standards, which aim to "reduce pilot errors that lead to fatal crashes".

The certfication is seen as the difference between "a safe flight and one that ends in tragedy".

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin says Mr Lubitz was alone at the controls of the Airbus A320 and "intentionally" put the plane into the disastrous descent.

He had refused to let the captain back into the cockpit.

Mr Robin said Mr Lubitz had never been flagged as a terrorist.

And when pressed over Mr Lubitz's religion, he said: "I don't think this is where this lies. I don't think we will get any answers there."

Mr Robin said the plane's black box recordings showed Mr Lubitz "was breathing normally, it wasn't the breathing of someone who was struggling".

The passenger plane crashed on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, killing all 150 people on board, including three Britons.

Civil Aviation Authority has said as part of the European Aviation Safety Agency medical checks of fitness to fly, pilots will be asked questions to gauge their mental health.

If there are concerns about an individual's state of mind they will be referred for a more in depth assessment.

Although rare, there have been previous instances of pilot suicide.

The most infamous likely but disputed cases of pilot suicide was the 1997 Silk Air crash in Indonesia, in which 104 people died.

A US-led investigation concluded it had been caused deliberately, probably by the captain who had serious personal problems. 

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'Chilling Revelations' Of Plane's Final Moments

The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the Alps intentionally sent the jet into its doomed descent.

Here are the details of the Airbus A320's final moments that emerged at a news conference given by Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin.

:: Mr Robin said it appears the co-pilot, who was a German national and who had never been flagged as a terrorist, appeared to want to "destroy the plane".

:: Prior to the cabin being locked, there was "normal" conversation between the pilot and co-pilot for the first 20 minutes of the flight, which had taken off from Barcelona in Spain bound for Dusseldorf in Germany.

:: The co-pilot's responses, although initially courteous, became "curt" when the pilot started the mid-flight briefing on the planned landing of the plane.

:: The pilot is heard asking the co-pilot to take over and the sound of a chair being pushed back and a door being closed is heard.

:: The co-pilot was left on his own in charge of the plane, and it is then that he uses the flight monitoring system to start the descent of the plane.

:: The co-pilot did not say a word once the pilot left the cockpit. "It was absolute silence in the cockpit," said Mr Robin.

:: All that could be heard is the co-pilot's breathing. Mr Robin said the co-pilot was breathing normally. "It wasn't the breath of somebody who was struggling. He didn't say a single word. Total silence."

:: Several cries from the pilot can be heard, asking to get in.

:: He identifies himself through the intercom system, but there is no answer. He knocks on the door and asks for it to be opened, but again there is no answer.

:: Pounding could be heard on the door during the final minutes as alarms sounded. Finally the sound of an impact is heard.

:: The 144 passengers only realised at the last moment what was happening. Screams were only heard in the last moments of the recording, before impact. Mr Robin said: "We only hear screams at the very end. Death was instant. It hit the mountain at 700km (430mph) an hour."

:: Several calls from the control tower to the plane went unanswered, as did communications from other aircraft in the area.

:: The plane could have glided before the moment of impact. There was no distress signal, no Mayday and no answer despite numerous calls to the plane.

:: The co-pilot, who has been named as 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, had a few hundred hours flying time on the aircraft.

:: There is no indication the crash is a terrorist act, Mr Robin said: "But obviously we will see how we will proceed."

:: Pressed on the co-pilot's religion, Mr Robin said: "I don't think this is where this lies. I don't think we will get any answers there."

:: The bodies of the victims are being retrieved by helicopter and put on stretchers and taken to a nearby unit where post-mortems are being carried out and DNA testing undertaken. The process could take more than a week.


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Cameron Rules Out VAT Rise In Next Parliament

Written By andika jamanta on Rabu, 25 Maret 2015 | 20.48

Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out a rise in VAT in the next parliament if the Conservatives are in power after the election.

In the final head-to-head debate with Ed Miliband before the election, he appeared to wrong-foot the Labour leader by unexpectedly ruling out an increase in the tax.

As his opening question, Mr Miliband asked whether the Prime Minister would give a straight answer and rule out a VAT rise if his party forms the next Government.

Mr Cameron replied - apparently muddling some of his words: "He's right, straight answers deserve straight questions, and the answer's yes."

The Prime Minister - watched by his wife and children from the public gallery - countered by demanding that Mr Miliband rule out a rise in National Insurance contributions, but he would not.

Mr Cameron said: "This is Labour's jobs tax, this is their tax of choice, this is what they clobber working people, families, enterprises with."

The exchange opened with Mr Miliband joking about Mr Cameron's "retirement plans", after he said he would only serve one further term.

Mr Cameron shot back: "In 43 days time I plan to arrange his retirement, Mr Speaker."

Later, the Prime Minister touched on the support touted by the SNP's Alex Salmond for Labour in the event of a hung parliament.

He said: "As far as I can see Alex Salmond has taken the entire Labour Party as hostage and then today we've got the ransom note."

A separate head-to-head television debate between the pair before the election will not take place after Mr Cameron declined to take part.

However they have both agreed to appear separately in a live question-and-answer session hosted by Sky News and Channel 4 on Thursday at 9pm.


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Mother And Son Among Germanwings Victims

Mother And Son Among Germanwings Victims

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A mother and son from Australia were among the 150 victims of the Germanwings air crash in the French Alps.

The family of Carol and Greig Friday, who had been on holiday together, said they are "crippled with sadness" at their loss.

They said 68-year-old Carol was a loving mother-of-two and Greig, 28, was an exceptional brother. A statement issued on behalf of the family said: "Our family is in deep disbelief and crippled with sadness and would like to ask for privacy.

"They were both extraordinary and exceptional people who were loved by many, who they loved in return. They will forever be with us in our hearts, memories and dreams."

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said at least three Britons were on board the downed Airbus A320, which had been travelling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

One of the British victims is father of two Martyn Matthews, 50, from Wolverhampton who had been on business in Barcelona and was on his way to a meeting in Germany. 

He leaves behind his wife Sharon and children Jade, 20, and Nathan, 23.

Another British victim has been named as Paul Andrew Bramley, 28, who was originally from Hull.

He was studying hospitality and hotel management in Switzerland and due to start an internship next week.

His mother Carol, who lives in Majorca, said: "Paul was a kind, caring and loving son. He was the best son, he was my world."

Marina Bandres, who came from Jaca in the Spanish Pyrenees and lived in Manchester, was travelling on the plane with her baby.

"We cannot rule out the possibility that there are further British people involved," said Mr Hammond.

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Eyal Baum, 39, was an Israeli citizen living in Barcelona with his wife. He was among 150 people killed when a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps

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Mother And Son Among Germanwings Victims

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A mother and son from Australia were among the 150 victims of the Germanwings air crash in the French Alps.

The family of Carol and Greig Friday, who had been on holiday together, said they are "crippled with sadness" at their loss.

They said 68-year-old Carol was a loving mother-of-two and Greig, 28, was an exceptional brother. A statement issued on behalf of the family said: "Our family is in deep disbelief and crippled with sadness and would like to ask for privacy.

"They were both extraordinary and exceptional people who were loved by many, who they loved in return. They will forever be with us in our hearts, memories and dreams."

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said at least three Britons were on board the downed Airbus A320, which had been travelling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

One of the British victims is father of two Martyn Matthews, 50, from Wolverhampton who had been on business in Barcelona and was on his way to a meeting in Germany. 

He leaves behind his wife Sharon and children Jade, 20, and Nathan, 23.

Another British victim has been named as Paul Andrew Bramley, 28, who was originally from Hull.

He was studying hospitality and hotel management in Switzerland and due to start an internship next week.

His mother Carol, who lives in Majorca, said: "Paul was a kind, caring and loving son. He was the best son, he was my world."

Marina Bandres, who came from Jaca in the Spanish Pyrenees and lived in Manchester, was travelling on the plane with her baby.

"We cannot rule out the possibility that there are further British people involved," said Mr Hammond.

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Eyal Baum, 39, was an Israeli citizen living in Barcelona with his wife. He was among 150 people killed when a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps

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Alps Crash: Mourning Pupils Beyond Consolation

By Mike McCarthy, in Haltern am See

In the German town of Haltern am See, north of Dusseldorf, the silence speaks.

The Airbus A320 crash has plunged the town into mourning and the normally busy lakeside streets are unusually still.

But nowhere is the depth of emotion as acute as at the Joseph-Koenig school where pupils, teachers and staff have gathered together to share their grief.

On a day when the school exchange trip was due to return from Spain, friends and families of the 16 students and two teachers who died were just beginning to process the news that there would be no coming back.

Psychologists and counsellors were brought into the school to offer what help they could but some pupils were simply beyond consolation.

On the school steps where hundreds of children would normally be making their way to and from class a host of candles burned alongside homemade signs reflecting the unfathomable pain.

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Germanwings Air Crash: Three Britons Killed

Germanwings Air Crash: Three Britons Killed

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At least three Britons were among the 150 people killed when a passenger jet crashed in the French Alps, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

One of the British victims has been named as 50-year-old businessman Martyn Matthews, from Wolverhampton.

The father-of-two grown-up children is thought to have been travelling to Germany for a business meeting.

Paul Andrew Bramley, 28, originally from Hull, was also a passenger on the fateful flight.

His mother Carol said: "Paul was a kind, caring and loving son. He was the best son, he was my world."

Pawel Pracz, whose wife Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio and seven-month-old son Julian Pracz-Bandres died in the crash, said he was "devastated".

Mr Pracz, who lived with his family in Manchester, said his wife had been in Spain for a funeral and had only bought tickets "at the last moment".

Speaking at the last Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron offered his "deepest condolences" to the families of those who died in the disaster, and said the UK stood ready to offer any assistance it could.

He told the Commons: "It is heart-breaking to hear about the schoolchildren, the babies, the families whose lives have been brought to an end.

"The Foreign Office is working urgently to establish whether any further British nationals were among those on board."

Mr Cameron was speaking as recovery teams resumed their search at the crash site in hazardous terrain.

Overnight rain and snow at the crash site has made the rocky ravine slippery, increasing problems in reaching the area.

Investigators are also examining the black box voice recorder of the doomed Germanwings aircraft in the hunt for clues as to what caused the Airbus A320 to come down without issuing a mayday message.

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  1. Gallery: Alps Plane Crash: The Victims

Marina Bandres, who came from Jaca in the Spanish Pyrenees and lived in Manchester, was travelling on the plane with her baby

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Paul Andrew Bramley, 28, originally from Hull

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Eyal Baum, 39, was an Israeli citizen living in Barcelona with his wife. He was among 150 people killed when a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps

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Opera singer Oleg Bryjak. He was travelling with his wife Maria Radner and their baby. Pic: Liceu Barcelona Opera House

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Germanwings Air Crash: Three Britons Killed

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At least three Britons were among the 150 people killed when a passenger jet crashed in the French Alps, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

One of the British victims has been named as 50-year-old businessman Martyn Matthews, from Wolverhampton.

The father-of-two grown-up children is thought to have been travelling to Germany for a business meeting.

Paul Andrew Bramley, 28, originally from Hull, was also a passenger on the fateful flight.

His mother Carol said: "Paul was a kind, caring and loving son. He was the best son, he was my world."

Pawel Pracz, whose wife Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio and seven-month-old son Julian Pracz-Bandres died in the crash, said he was "devastated".

Mr Pracz, who lived with his family in Manchester, said his wife had been in Spain for a funeral and had only bought tickets "at the last moment".

Speaking at the last Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron offered his "deepest condolences" to the families of those who died in the disaster, and said the UK stood ready to offer any assistance it could.

He told the Commons: "It is heart-breaking to hear about the schoolchildren, the babies, the families whose lives have been brought to an end.

"The Foreign Office is working urgently to establish whether any further British nationals were among those on board."

Mr Cameron was speaking as recovery teams resumed their search at the crash site in hazardous terrain.

Overnight rain and snow at the crash site has made the rocky ravine slippery, increasing problems in reaching the area.

Investigators are also examining the black box voice recorder of the doomed Germanwings aircraft in the hunt for clues as to what caused the Airbus A320 to come down without issuing a mayday message.

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Marina Bandres, who came from Jaca in the Spanish Pyrenees and lived in Manchester, was travelling on the plane with her baby

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Paul Andrew Bramley, 28, originally from Hull

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Eyal Baum, 39, was an Israeli citizen living in Barcelona with his wife. He was among 150 people killed when a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps

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Opera singer Oleg Bryjak. He was travelling with his wife Maria Radner and their baby. Pic: Liceu Barcelona Opera House

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'No Survivors' Expected In France Plane Crash

Written By andika jamanta on Selasa, 24 Maret 2015 | 20.48

'No Survivors' Expected In France Plane Crash

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A passenger plane has crashed in France, with all 150 people on board thought to have died.

The Airbus A320, operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline, came down in the southern French Alps between Barcelonnette and Digne.

Flight 4U 9525 sent out a distress signal at 10.47am (9.47am UK time) after finding itself in an "abnormal situation" on its route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

:: Follow live updates on the crash

France's President Francois Hollande said there were likely to be "no survivors" and that he expected a significant number of German casualties.

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French firefighters prepare to take-off in Digne-les-Bains for the crash site

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'No Survivors' Expected In France Plane Crash

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A passenger plane has crashed in France, with all 150 people on board thought to have died.

The Airbus A320, operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline, came down in the southern French Alps between Barcelonnette and Digne.

Flight 4U 9525 sent out a distress signal at 10.47am (9.47am UK time) after finding itself in an "abnormal situation" on its route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

:: Follow live updates on the crash

France's President Francois Hollande said there were likely to be "no survivors" and that he expected a significant number of German casualties.

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French firefighters prepare to take-off in Digne-les-Bains for the crash site

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Britain To Boost Falkland Islands Defences

Britain To Boost Falkland Islands Defences

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Britain is to "beef up" its military presence on the Falkland Islands amid claims there is a heightened risk of invasion

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon will announce reinforcements of troops and equipment following a Ministry of Defence review suggesting an attack on the South Atlantic archipelago is more likely.

"I'm going to be announcing to Parliament later today how we're going to beef up defences there, how we're going to modernise our defences," he told Sky News.

He added that he intended "to reassure the islanders that we're absolutely committed to their right to remain British and to the defence of the islands".

"We're modernising what we're doing there and I'm going to talk about the various capabilities and equipment we have there," he said.

"I can't give you too much detail of that  because I can't even tell Parliament all the details of how we defend the Falklands, but what I can assure you is that we're absolutely committed to defending the Falklands.

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    British Royal Navy frigate HMS Antelope explodes in the bay of San Carlos off East Falklands

The landing strip of the military base Puerto Argentina is seen after a British air raid during the Falklands War

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Argentine Army General Mario Benjamin Menendez who ruled as governor for the 73 days addresses his troops during the Falklands War

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Britain To Boost Falkland Islands Defences

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Britain is to "beef up" its military presence on the Falkland Islands amid claims there is a heightened risk of invasion

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon will announce reinforcements of troops and equipment following a Ministry of Defence review suggesting an attack on the South Atlantic archipelago is more likely.

"I'm going to be announcing to Parliament later today how we're going to beef up defences there, how we're going to modernise our defences," he told Sky News.

He added that he intended "to reassure the islanders that we're absolutely committed to their right to remain British and to the defence of the islands".

"We're modernising what we're doing there and I'm going to talk about the various capabilities and equipment we have there," he said.

"I can't give you too much detail of that  because I can't even tell Parliament all the details of how we defend the Falklands, but what I can assure you is that we're absolutely committed to defending the Falklands.

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    British Royal Navy frigate HMS Antelope explodes in the bay of San Carlos off East Falklands

The landing strip of the military base Puerto Argentina is seen after a British air raid during the Falklands War

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Argentina's army soldiers place a mortar in Port Howard during the Falklands War

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British troops arriving in the Falklands Islands during the Falklands War

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Argentine Army General Mario Benjamin Menendez who ruled as governor for the 73 days addresses his troops during the Falklands War

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