May 6, 2015 7:56 AM by Cheryl Wengren
PARIS (AP) - French air accident investigators say just hours before the co-pilot of a Germanwings plane crashed the aircraft in the French Alps, he practiced a controlled descent on another flight on the same plane.
Investigators say earlier in the day on March 24, Andreas Lubitz (LOO'-bihtz) set the plane on descent, and then brought it back up again. But investigators say the plane never descended sharply during the flight, and crew and passengers might not have noticed any change.
Investigators say the morning flight was from Duesseldorf, Germany to Barcelona. The crash occurred on the return flight.
They say the pilot appears to have left the cockpit during the earlier flight as well.
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