Editor’s note: This post has been updated.
After last night’s bombshell report from the New York Times alleging that either the co-pilot or pilot had been locked out of the cockpit of Germanwings flight 4U9525 immediately prior to its crash, many on Twitter are asking about the identity and nationality of the co-pilot and pilot.
However Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, won’t tell us. From the AP:
Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr described the pilots as “experienced and trained” in a press conference in Barcelona Wednesday night.
Lufthansa has refused to identify the pilots, or give details of ages and nationality, but it said the co-pilot joined Germanwings in September 2013, directly after training, and had flown 630 hours.
The captain had more than 6,000 hours of flying time and been Germanwings pilot since May 2014, having previously flown for Lufthansa and Condor, Lufthansa said.
But it looks like German media sources are reporting at least the first names of the pilots:
Editor’s note: See update below.
And Le Monde is reporting that it was the co-pilot who was locked out:
We’ll update this post as we learn more information.
Update. Here’s a video of the “cockpit door entry procedure” that explains how a pilot would be able to lock himself inside the cockpit:
Update 2. French prosecutors say co-pilot was at the controls:
Editor’s note: Additional tweets has been added to this post.
Reports: #Germanwings Flight #4U9525 has crashed in the French alps; Pilot ‘did send SOS message’; Update: ‘No survivors expected’; Update: Lufthansa posts statement; Update: Officials now say no distress call