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PLANE CRASH FILLED PILOT’S DEATH WISH

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The co-pilot screamed "Help, help! The captain is . . ." but the rest of her terrified cry was lost on the cockpit recorder of the Royal Air Maroc plane as it streaked toward the ground.

Investigators Wednesday issued their grim conclusion of what the co-pilot meant: Pilot Younes Khayati was committing suicide by deliberately crashing the plane. His death wish also killed the other 43 people aboard.Examination of the plane's sound and data recorders showed that Khayati "disconnected the automatic pilot and directed the aircraft toward the ground," said a statement from the commission investigating Sunday's crash.

The accident "is due to the deliberate will of the pilot who wished to end his life," the statement said.

The last words of co-pilot Sofia Figugui were reported by French officials who helped examine the recorders.

The twin-engine turboprop ATR-42 was on a flight from the southern city of Agadir to Casablanca when it crashed Sunday 20 miles north of Agadir about 10 minutes after its 7 p.m. takeoff.

The commission found nothing irregular with the plane, which it said had regular maintenance and equipment checks.

"The behavior of the pilot is all the more inexplicable considering he was an experienced pilot with 4,500 hours of flying time and with confirmed professional aptitudes and physical condition," the commission's statement said.

Khayati had passed regular medical checkups, the most recent July 7, and passed his most recent pilot examination July 30, it said.