Thursday, March 26, 2015

Germanwings Plane Crash Was "Deliberate"

I hate flying.  I hate the lines, the security checks, the lack of legroom in the seats, the extra fees that airlines tack on for everything that used to be free.  But most of all, I hate the feeling of turbulence while flying.  Every time the plane shakes I'm the guy looking out the window to make sure that the wings of the plane are still attached to the plane's body.  So it's safe to say that one of my greatest fears is going down in a plane crash.  Such a fear was unfortunately realized by 144 people recently who were on board the Germanwings Flight #9525 which descended into the French Alps earlier this week.

Per NY Times:
The chief Marseille prosecutor handling the investigation into the crash of a Germanwings jetliner said on Thursday that evidence from the cockpit voice recorder indicated that the co-pilot had deliberately locked the captain out of the cockpit and steered the plane into its fatal descent.
“At this moment, in light of investigation, the interpretation we can give at this time is that the co-pilot through voluntary abstention refused to open the door of the cockpit to the commander, and activated the button that commands the loss of altitude,” the prosecutor, Brice Robin, said.
He said it appeared that the intention of the co-pilot, identified as Andreas Lubitz, had been “to destroy the aircraft.” He said that the voice recorder showed that the co-pilot had been breathing until before the moment of impact, suggesting that he was conscious and deliberate in killing 144 passengers and five other crew members in the French Alps on Tuesday.
And probably the worst part of all of this:

The captain is heard begging to get back in to the cockpit, but the co-pilot, heard breathing normally until the plane crashed, did not react, Mr. Robin said.
“You can hear the commanding pilot ask for access to the cockpit several times,” the prosecutor said. “He identifies himself, but the co-pilot does not provide any answer.”
“You can hear human breathing in the cockpit up until the moment of impact,” he said.
Before the plane crashed, he said, the sound of passengers screaming could be heard.
During the descent, he said, air traffic controllers repeatedly tried to contact the aircraft but received no response.


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