March 26, 2015

Voice Recorder Shows One Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit on GermanWings Flight (Bumped Prosecutor Says Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Intentionally Crashed Plane)

I'm getting a very bad feeling about this.

New York Times

PARIS — As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.

A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.

“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.”

He said, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”

While the audio seemed to give some insight into the circumstances leading up to the Germanwings crash, it also left many questions unanswered.

"We don’t know yet the reason why one of the guys went out,” said the official, who requested anonymity because the investigation is continuing. "But what is sure is that at the very end of the flight, the other pilot is alone and does not open the door."

Previous: Germanwings Flight From Barcelona to Dusseldorf Crashes After Distress Call.

Hat Tip: Pat Dollard.

Trust your feelings.

ABC:
he co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crash in the French Alps this week appeared to want to "destroy the plane," Brice Robin, Public Prosecutor of Marseille, said today.

“The intention was to destroy the plane," he said.

Robin also confirmed reports about the pilot being heard on the voice recorder asking co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, a German citizen, to take over the controls, with a chair heard being moved and door heard closing.

The co-pilot, 28, was in control, Robin said, and the accelerated descent was made manually.

So the next question is who was Andreas Lubitz?
he co-pilot of the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps has been named by French authorities as German national Andreas Lubitz.

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The information released by authorities investigating the crash about the pilots has been sparse.

However, what we do know about Lubitz is that the 28-year-old was from Montabaur, a town in the district seat of the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, according to a local flight club.

The LSC club, where he was a member, posted a death notice on their website naming him.

The captain of the doomed Germanwings plane has since been named as Patrick Sonderheimer by the same flying club, which said he had completed more than 6,000 flying hours on A 320 aircraft.

Video of the prosecutors statement is here at CNN.

Update: His Facebook is here. More at The Mirror.

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