Rescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France on March 26, 2015. The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 4525 tried a controlled descent on the previous flight that morning to Barcelona before the plane crashed into a mountainside on its way back to Germany, French air accident investigators said in a new report released today. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

(Bloomberg) — The Germanwings pilot who investigators say crashed his plane into a French mountain in March repeatedly set the jet on collision course with the ground on a flight earlier that day in what may have been a dry run for his suicide bid.

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

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