VT | 26 March 2015
Germanwings co-pilot appears to have crashed plane deliberately – prosecutor
… from Russia Today, Moscow
“Frank Taylor, former Director of the Cranfield Aviation Safety Centre, says the leaked reports put pressure on investigators to release information early.”
[ Editor’s Note: VT activated our plane crash study group (FBI and TSB personnel along with Air Force and Airline security personnel), which unfortunately got a lot of experience working together last year, on this latest incident. We had very fast access to the flight recorder audio tapes.
Gordon was able to catch the late evening show with Jeff Rense last night which date stamped VT as the first to get the co-pilot suicide story out.
We saw instantly that the knocking on the door by the pilot could have only meant the co-pilot had locked the deadbolt, which deactivated the pilot’s key.
The poor pilot knew instantly what was going on. American airlines never allow the cockpit to be left with just one pilot. A flight attendant sits, while one pilot eats or takes a restroom break. But European airlines have never required this, something that I think will be changed soon.
And to all those instant solution pundits always rushing to claim first credit for a false flag call, I would remind you all that doing that based on zero information puts you all solidly in the disinformation gang column… with a clear track record.
When the flight recorders were quickly found we knew we would have the key information quickly so we held off for a day, something we have done many times. That said, why this young, low experienced co-pilot would do this is another matter, as mental stability of pilots is not an “ask the question and check off the box” issue when it comes to flight certification.
The story will focus now as to why he murdered a plane load of innocent strangers and his crew, and which of course will include his having been influenced in some way. I hope we get a quicker investigation on that than the Dutch MH-17 one.
Not mentioned yet, so we will… this plane was a fly by wire one and was equipped with the anti-hijacking software to take over the plane and land it if needed, via external controls. French authorities did not do this, and may not want to even address that issue… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … March 26, 2015 –
The Germanwings co-pilot seemed to have crashed the plane deliberately, killing 150 people on board. The co-pilot wouldn’t let the captain inside the cabin, with the “intention to destroy” the jet, the French prosecutor said at a press conference.
Follow RT’s LIVE UPDATES on investigation into the Germanwings plane crash. The Germanwings co-pilot was identified as Andreas Lubitz.
The captain was between 30 and 40 years old, fully qualified, had 10,000 hours of flight, and had worked with Lufthansa for 10 years — while the co-pilot was 28, and commenced working for Lufthansa in 2013.
Prosecutor Brice Robin provided the explanation he thought the most likely, judging by the transcript of the black box recording of the last 30 minutes in the cockpit before the crash.
The captain left the cockpit to go to the toilet, asking the co-pilot to take over. Then, the co-pilot accelerated the plane’s descent, likely voluntarily, the prosecutor said.
Someone attempted to break open the door to the cockpit from the outside, he added. Afterwards, demands for the co-pilot to open the door are heard, and the captain “desperately” bangs on the door, but the co-pilot refuses to open it.
On the recording, there is the sound of the co-pilot breathing “normally” and “not uttering a single word” until the plane crashes, the prosecutor said. The recording suggested that passengers began screaming just before the final impact.
Services on the ground didn’t receive any distress signals from the A320 before the crash, despite several attempts to contact the aircraft. The prosecutor said that there are no grounds to regard the crash as a terrorist act.
Robin said that there is a case for premeditated murder to answer, as the co-pilot was responsible for the lives of the passengers and crew onboard.
Germanwings wrote on its Twitter page on Thursday that it was shocked by the prosecutor’s statement. The co-pilot accused of deliberately crashing the plane had passed all the necessary medical tests and was “100 percent” fit to fly, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr told a press conference.
However, he added that pilots do not undergo regular psychological assessments beyond training.
“We have no words,” he said. “We never thought that this could happen to our concern. We are very attentive to recruitment. We pay great attention, including to the psychological characteristics of our candidates.”
Lubitz started his pilot’s training in 2008 and started work at the airline in 2013, Spohr said. He had a pause in his training six years ago, Spohr added, without offering further explanation.
Speaking on the safety regulations, Spohr said that if one of the pilots leaves the flight deck, upon re-entering he can use a special code to signal his colleague inside to open the deck door.
This code is also used if the pilot inside loses consciousness, he added. However, the person on the flight deck can also prevent someone from entering with a code by locking the door by pushing a special button.
The Lufthansa CEO added that the co-pilot had permission to stay on the deck alone under the airline’s regulations. This stands in contrast to the practice of most US airlines, under which another crew member is required to enter the cabin if one of the pilots leaves.
It is not yet known if the company is legally responsible for the crash. The prosecution is set to give information on that later.The recovery of bodies from the Alps has already begun, and will last for the next week or two. Body parts are being recovered via helicopter, and the process is very difficult, Robin added.
Marin Medic, an A320 pilot, told RT that all flight crew go through vigorous health checks to make sure they are fit for the responsibility of flying a passenger jet.
“Every crew goes through a yearly check, a complete medical checkup, which involves everything from blood work to interviews with psychologists to ocular exams and basically, it should have assured that both flight crew members were in perfect health,” he told RT.
But he also said that pilots are coming under more and more pressure from the industry.
“Every person is an individual, but obviously if this is the case that the plane was flown into terrain on purpose, then obviously there was a major problem of a psychological nature with the first officer. It could be variety of things. Anyone can be depressive, but you would think the colleagues would notice that. Although, truth be told, pilots are coming under more and more pressure as the industry seeks to expand, and the work conditions deteriorate,” he said.
The voice recorders installed in flight decks are very sensitive and can detect pilots’ breathing, aviation expert Julian Bray told RT.
“The whole point is that what they have to do is that, when they analyze these tapes – remember they go into the laboratories to be analyzed – is that they need to hear everything that is going on, because there will be audio signals or warnings, and to listen to the pilots and to their breathing,” he said. “If he is breathing, that means he is there, and he is well. They really need to get an audio snapshot of exactly what has happened on that particular deck.”