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All 149 people and the co-pilot on board the flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on 24 March were killed.
"A first reading shows that the pilot in the cockpit used the automatic pilot to put the airplane on a descent towards an altitude of 100ft (30m)," the BEA said in a statement on Friday.
"Then several times the pilot modified the automatic pilot settings to increase the speed of the airplane as it descended," it added.
Earlier findings from the cockpit voice recorder suggested Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit.
On Thursday, German prosecutors said that a tablet belonging to the co-pilot had been examined and that the co-pilot had researched suicide methods and the security of cockpit doors on the internet, just a week before the crash.
Sources: AFP,BBC,CNS & PA
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