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Germanwings co-pilot 'rehearsed' crashing plane into Alps

The Germanwings co-pilot thought to have deliberately caused the French Alps plane disaster "rehearsed" his plan on an earlier flight on the day of the crash, an accident report is expected to reveal.

Andreas Lubitz has suffered from severe depression.

All 150 people on the Airbus A320, including three Britons, were killed when it crashed while flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on March 24.

An interim report from French air accident bureau the BEA will say that Andreas Lubitz practised reducing flight altitude on the outbound flight from Dusseldorf to Barcelona, according to German newspaper Bild.

Bild said the BEA report would talk about a "controlled descent that lasted for minutes and for which there was no aeronautical justification".

Lubitz, who had suffered from severe depression, had used the internet to research ways of committing suicide in the days leading up to the crash.

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Sikh charity asking for Nepal donations

A Sikh charity is asking people for donations to help provide people affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal, which has killed thousands.

This morning a 15-year-old boy was recovered from debris, 120 hours since the earthquake struck Credit: ITV News/Dan Rivers

A number of drop-off points are opening today across the Midlands, including large ones in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Leicester.

Khalsa Aid is working with Jet Airways to deliver items such as:

  • hand sanitisers
  • wet wipes
  • baby milk powder
  • water purification tablets
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