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Matthias Gebauer, chief correspondent for the online edition of German newspaper Der Spiegel, newspaper, tweeted: "Schoolmates of co-pilot who crashed tell German reporters he took six-months break from flight training in 2009 due to burnout-syndrome.
Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said: "The most probable interpretation is that the co-pilot refused to open the cock-cock pit door to the pilot and actioned the button which started the descent procedure.
The co-pilot "voluntarily" refused to open the door and his breathing was normal throughout the final minutes of the flight, he said.
When he was alone, the co-pilot manipulated the buttons of the flight monitoring system to initiate the aircraft's descent," Robin said.
I am sure that all necessary help and assistance is being provided to the next of kin of the deceased pilot and medical aid is also being provided to the injured co-pilot," he added.
The latest breakthrough to the investigation is said to have been traced after the nearest telecommunication tower in Penang (Malaysia's Island) picked up phone signal in the early hours of 8 March, which has now been traced back to the co-pilot Fariq Abdul hamid's phone.
He identified the pilot as Paul Pafultad, 30, and the 21-year old Burmese co-pilot as Wen Hiet.
The co-pilot, who safely landed the aircraft in Geneva after taking control while over the Sudanese airspace, reportedly sought asylum in Switzerland.
AFP -- The man who hijacked an Ethiopian Airlines flight en route from Addis Ababa to Rome on Monday was the co-pilot, according to the Geneva airport where the plane was forced to land.
A co-pilot on an Ethiopian Airlines flight bound for Rome hijacked the airliner early Monday morning and flew it to Geneva, Switzerland, looking for asylum.
In reality, the report puts it down to non-compliance with rules that led to a limited flight time, an insufficient break for the captain and co-pilot before the start of that fateful day, incomplete training for the co-pilot, and an inappropriate pairing of a newly promoted captain with an inexperienced co-pilot (which goes against EU regulation).
Berlin, Rabi'I 16, 1435, Jan 17, 2014, SPA -- The German military says a Tornado combat jet crashed on a training mission but both the pilot and co-pilot were able to eject to safety.