(Bloomberg) -- The Germanwings pilot who investigators saycrashed his plane into a French mountain in March repeatedly setthe jet on collision course with the ground on a flight earlierthat day in what may have been a dry run for his suicide bid.

Data from the morning flight shows Andreas Lubitz briefly setthe Airbus Group NV A320 jet to descend to 100 feet on fiveoccasions when his captain left the cockpit before returning it tocruise mode, France’s air-accident investigator said May 6.

“I can’t know what was in the pilot’s head,” BEA Director RemiJouty said as he presented a preliminary report on the March 24crash. “All we can do is say that, several times, he manipulatedthe button to put in a minimum value.”

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