Pilot’s chilling last words before deliberately crashing plane of 150 people
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It's been over eight years since a pilot crashed a plane full of people into the Alps, but his chilling final words have just been revealed.
Andreas Lubitz killed 150 people when he flew the Germanwings plane into the mountains during the March 2015 flight.
The tragedy made headlines around the world, as newspapers speculated on what happened within the cockpit.
Black box recordings have now revealed Lubitz's haunting final words as well as the fruitless attempts of his co-pilot to avert disaster.
The flight, which was heading from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany, was due to be a two hour trip.
In the recordings, Lubitz can be heard telling Captain Patrick Sondenheimer that he was ready to take over 'any time'.
Shortly after take off, Lubitz tells Sondenheimer "You can go now."
When Sondenheimer leaves the cockpit twenty eight minutes in, he tells Lubitz that he is in charge of radio communications.
When Sondenheimer steps out of the cockpit, the door can be heard closing.
Then, the selected altitude was changed from 38,000 feet to 100 feet as the plane descends rapidly.
Air traffic control attempted to contact the pilot but received no answer, whilst Sondenheimer desperately banged on the door.
Sondenheimer can be heard growing increasingly desperate as he yells "Open the damn door" and smash his way in with a metal object.
The plane plummeted in ten minutes and Lubitz was eerily silent the whole time.
Although usually emergency codes would be provided to allow the flight crew access to the controls, Lubitz is believed to have overridden them in this case.
Just before the plane collides with the mountain side, passengers can be heard screaming on the recording.
The aircraft hit the rocks at a speed of 430 miles per hour, meaning it would be instant death for all on board.
Among the passengers of the tragic flight were students, babies, two opera singers, football reporters and a Pentagon contractor.
One British woman, Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio died in the collision, along with her seven month old son, Julian. She left behind a husband.
Two British men, 28-year-old Paul Andrew Bramley and 50-year-old Martyn Matthews also died.
A former girlfriend of Lubitz told a German newspaper: "One day I will do something that will change the whole system, and then all will know my name and remember it.
"I never knew what he meant, but now it makes sense."