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Not surprisingly these findings "back what French prosecutors have said was co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’ apparently deliberate decision on March 24 to lock Flight 9525’s more experienced pilot out of the cockpit and fly the airliner into an Alpine ridge at 400 miles an hour."
It is "not surprising" because by now it is quite clear that in their attempt to wash their hands of all responsibility, not to mention monetary and punitive liabilities, Germanwings and Lufhtansa management are doing all they can to paint Lubitz as a depressed loose cannon hell bent on committing suicide and taking out hundreds of people with him. What is not exactly clear is why Lufthansa had no protocols to screen for just this kind of behavior, which for a pilot entrusted with countless lives, should be the primary prerogative of any airline.
More from WSJ:
Investigations in the co-pilot’s personal belongings found a tablet with the browser showing that the user had searched for medical treatments and ways to commit suicide between March 16 and March 23, a week before the plane crashed, killing 150 people.
Mr. Lubitz also searched for cockpit doors and their security measures, the Düsseldorf-based German prosecutors said.
The prosecutors said Monday that Mr. Lubitz had undergone psychotherapy years ago because of suicidal tendencies, a situation experts say is hard for airlines to detect.
It is unknown if he was searching on Google, Bing or Yahoo, or just what contextual ads he was seeing, because one would think that "crashing into a mountain" should hardly rank at the top of any search quietly seeking answers on the "best ways to commit suicide" for a majority of the population.
That said, one would think that with ever more of the entire US airforce now on remote control, there should be a way to override pilot control remotely for commercial airliners as well, especially if their pilots are unresponsive, have locked themselves out and are intent on taking as many innocent people with them.
originally posted by: bullcat
Good for him..
I don't call this suicide.
I call it for what it is.. MASS MURDER.
Frankly, it would have been much easier if it was just a suicide. Just him, nobody else.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
Apparently he wasn't a very well trained pilot, as NBC was saying he also was researching how the door locks worked on the airplane.
Pilots have to know how every system on the planes they fly work. My Scoutmaster was a flight engineer for 747's and showed us the book he was tested on. He had to know every system and how to troubleshoot a whole slew of potential problems.
Apparently this guy wasn't quite sure how the three-way switch to lock the door worked. Pilots are trained on how to use this, and even practice emergency procedures.
originally posted by: whatnext21
This sounds more and more like a cover-up for something else more terrifying than a suicide mission by one depressed soul who was so tormented and felt that he had to take others with him (which was pre-meditated if these searches are to be believed). I hope the 2nd black box sheds light on or reveals something that was not apparent on the CVR data that would suggest just how diabolical his planned mission was and from that are able to learn and take preventative measures so it never happens again.
Question, why is the FDR buried and burnt when the CVR was damaged but usable and they come from essentially the same area of the fuselage?
As the poster above said, searches for medication, how to commit suicide and finally how the cockpit door works, that last one would have been in his training would it not and second nature?
originally posted by: whatnext21
a reply to: bullcat
Are you implying that I didn't know the second box was found with your reply? I was asking why it (FDR) was buried and burnt when they found it because it comes from the same area of the fuselage that the first one (CVR) did. And that hopefully it might provide answers to other questions or confirm the data from the CVR.