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Canadian airlines have been ordered to maintain two crew in the cockpit at all times, effective immediately, federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced today.
"Currently, there is not the requirement to have two members in the cabin," Raitt told reporters. "After this order, there will be a requirement to have two members in the cabin.”
Speaking to the media, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said Lubitz was “100 percent fit to fly” but acknowledged that he “took a break in his training six years ago. Then he did the [psychological] tests again. And he was deemed fit to fly. … He took a several-months break for reasons I do not know.” However, a woman identified as the mother of Lubitz’s classmate told the Frankfurter Zeitung: “Apparently, he had a burnout, depression.” The woman added that he was a “good boy” with a “good family background” and, speculating on why he crashed the plane, said, “I can imagine the whole thing as a knee-jerk reaction. It could not have been planned, though, it really was like a shooting spree.”
There are a handful of suicides at sea almost every year and this is not the fault of the cruise industry, but just a matter of a few predisposed individuals taking advantage of the circumstances. But there are too many cases where these suicides appear to be somewhat impulsive, and that really concerns me.
It isn’t the cruise or the ship that enables the suicide – it is the water surrounding ship. That may sound a bit haughty, but I don’t mean it that way. I am very serious about the following point…
The first time I boarded a cruise ship, I was in awe of the beauty and power of the open sea and the marvel of human engineering that enabled me to traverse and even thrive in one of the world’s least hospitable environments, the open ocean, which covers three-fifths of our planet.
I was filled with a rare combination of admiration and fear as any mortal faced with something so mighty feels. I instinctively knew my life would end if I yielded all self-control and put myself overboard.
If you have already been on a ship you already know what mean. There are certain sights that evoke this same terrible admiration in us; looking over the edge of the Grand Canyon, walking across the Golden Gate Bridge or going to the observation platform on the Empire State Building. I believe it is a normal human reaction to look at these sights and wonder what it would be like to fall.
These are places where people who have severe, possibly uncontrollable thoughts of suicide should never go. If anyone I knew had attempted suicide in the last two years and he told me he was considering his first cruise, I would counsel him against it.
Studies of suicide have proven one significant fact that helps explain why cruise ships have been involved in suicides. The studies say that the availability of a method to commit suicide increases the incidence of suicide by five times. The image of the open sea is a very compelling picture to someone with suicidal thoughts. And it only takes a split second to take the irreversible action of putting one’s self overboard.
originally posted by: RidgeWalker
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: RidgeWalker
All that is considered during an investigation. That's one reason it can take a year or more for a report. They even interview the family to see how much sleep they got the night before.
There is also the possibility that he simply cracked. That happens. A person may seem normal, but no one else really knows what is going on between his ears.
originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
originally posted by: masqua
a reply to: Rocker2013
If that's the case, then the 'protection of that cockpit' just killed 150 people.
If that's true then it's ludicrous, if the pilots didn't have keys, would there not have been some kind of security key pad outside the cockpit door?
originally posted by: IAMTAT
originally posted by: my1percent
a reply to: IAMTAT
If that theory is so , why did no passengers text or call the outside world on their phones?
Excellent point...did we hear of ANY passenger texts yet? Was there service in this remote area?
originally posted by: charlyv
originally posted by: charlyv
a reply to: Zcustosmorum
But the code thing was the emergency procedure. Supposedly the only other entrance is out of the cockpit, bolted from entry into it.
I just think if it is terrorism, the nose would have been put down rather steeply.
originally posted by: moniker
Regardless, there is never service at flight levels and rarely ever around mountain tops in the Alps.
Mobile coverage is directed at ground level. I don't know about you, but I've left my mobile on a few times (shame on me) just to see how soon mobile (or "cell phone" for those in the USA, although I thought inmates weren't allowed to possess mobile phones). It happens quite rapidly, in fact. Within 30 seconds after leaving ground level there is no more mobile coverage.
Now, let's discuss those alleged mobile phone calls at the 9/11 incident...