Even in the wake of the most contentious presidential election in the history of Nigeria, elsewhere in Southern France there is serious site investigation and recovery activities in the Alps where Germanwings airplane crashed. What happened? Proper and careful analysis of the contents of the cockpit voice recorder led to the conclusion that the co-pilot purposely crashed ‘the airplane’.
As I saw it on CNN, I could not understand how a human being deliberately crashed a plane with 150 people on board. Let take a closer look at this man ‘the pilot’.
Andreas Lubitz was born in Montabaur in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. His mother was a piano teacher and his father a business executive. In high school, Lubitz worked part-time at Burger King where his manager described him as "dependable and inconspicuous”. He took flying lessons at Luftsportclub Westerwald, an aviation sports club in Montabaur. Lubitz was accepted into a Lufthansa trainee program after high school. Starting in 2008, he received pilot training at the Lufthansa Flight Training school in Bremen, Germany and at the Lufthansa Airline Training Center in Goodyear, Arizona. Lubitz took time off from his flight training due to an onset of depression but later completed the training. Prior to his training as a commercial pilot, he was treated for suicidal tendencies. He then worked as a flight attendant at the airline during an eleven-month waiting period. He joined Germanwings in September 2013, and had 630 hours of flying experience at the time of the crash. Lubitz was a keen runner and ran the Frankfurt half-marathon in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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Just about reaching the cruising altitude, the chief pilot excused himself from the cockpit to use the convenience leaving the co-pilot in charge. When he came back and beckon on the co-pilot to open the cockpit door, he was greeted with an odd and cold response (i.e. no response). The chief pilot began to plead with him, but he remained defiant and unresponsive be rather changed the course of the plane towards the Alps and possibly sped up the descent according to the latest analysis from the black box and voice data recorder. Furthermore, the chief pilot had less than thirteen minutes to regain control of the flight with sound safety records. It dawned on the chief pilot, who began banging on the door and shouting at same time, that his subordinate will never open the door.
As moments of impact with the Alps drew close with every passing minute, the chief pilot, having lost control of the plane became ‘the passenger’ who made desperate last attempts to save the others. Then the BANG!!!
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