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Germanwings Flight 4U9525: 5 other instances of pilot sabotage

It's rare for pilots to intentionally crash commercial airliners but Tuesday's Germanwings jet crash in the French Alps is not the first where suspicion falls on a pilot. Here are other examples.

Authorities believe 28-year-old co-pilot ofGermanwings flight deliberately crashed plane

Authorities believe 28-year-old Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally crashed an Airbus A320 with 150 people on board. (Facebook)

It's rare for pilots to intentionally crash commercial airliners but Tuesday's Germanwings jet crash in the French Alps is not the first where suspicion falls on a pilot.

Pilot suicide is among the various theories in last year's mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Here are other examples:

Nov. 29, 2013: A Mozambique Airlines plane crashes in northern Namibia, killing all 27 passengers and six crew. A preliminary investigation points to a deliberate act by the captain after he locked the co-pilot out of the cockpit.

"There was an intention to crash the plane," Joao Abreu, chairman of the Mozambican Civil Aviation Institute said of the Mozambique Airlines crash. (Olavi Haikera/NAMPA/Associated Press)

Oct. 31, 1999: EgyptAir Flight 990 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean after taking off from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. All 217 on board are killed. U.S. investigators say the co-pilot cut power to the engines, turned the plane downward and repeated the phrase, "I rely on God." Egyptian officials have rejected the findings and say the crash may have been caused by a problem in the tail.

Debris brought in by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Reliance from EgyptAir Flight 990 sits on a table to be catalogued by multi-agency examiners. (Reuters)

Dec. 19, 1997: SilkAir Flight 185 plunges into a river in Indonesia, killing all 104 aboard. U.S. investigators say the captain probably crashed the plane on purpose, but an Indonesian investigation was inconclusive.

Aug. 21, 1994: A Royal Air Maroc flight crashes into a mountain after takeoff from Agadir, Morocco. All 44 aboard are killed. Commission investigating the crash says pilot intentionally plunged the plane to the Earth because he wished to commit suicide. The flight union disputes that finding.

Feb. 9, 1982: A Japan Airlines jet crashes into Tokyo Bay on approach to Haneda Airport. Twenty-four of the 174 people on board were killed. The crash was blamed on the captain, who was later declared mentally unstable.

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