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The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps after "rehearsing" the descent on an earlier flight, French investigators said on Wednesday. The BEA civil aviation investigators said the co-pilot, 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz, had practised the manouevre on the outbound trip from Duesseldorf to Barcelona just hours before his suicidal actions on the return flight. Remi Jouty, the director of the BEA, told journalists there had been no "noticeable effect" as the plane had already begun its descent into Barcelona while he was carrying out the practice manipulations.
Britain's political leaders entered the final hours of campaigning Wednesday in the most unpredictable election in living memory which could yield no clear winner and weeks of haggling over the next government. A win for Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives on Thursday would raise the risk of Britain exiting the European Union because he has promised a referendum on leaving the EU by 2017. With neither expected to win outright and smaller parties on the rise, the election is also likely to underline the decline of traditional two-party politics in Britain and rise of a more multi-lateral European style. The Conservatives have been in power in a coalition government with the centrist Liberal Democrats since 2010.