New Reports From Black Box Paints Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Guilty Of Crashing The Germanwings Plane Intentionally
Just two days ago, Germanwings Flight 9525 flew into the French Alps killing 150 people as detailed in our previous article. With new information coming to light it appears that the more experienced pilot had been locked out of the cockpit, and his co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the plane. Andreas Lubitz had been an employee of Germanwings since 2013, WSJ.com reports. He had completed all necessary flight training, passed all his screening checks and was deemed, “fit to fly.”
In 2012, Andreas Lubitz was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a Private Pilot, in order to attain this certification Andreas Lubitz spent some time in the United States. He had begun flying as a teenager, he went on to the German Abitur College Preparatory school and trained with Lufthansa.
Klaus Radke, chairman of the LSC Westerwald Aviation Club knew Andreas Lubitz as one of his flight club’s members. He rejects the conclusion that Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the plane, CBSNews.com reported. He also states that he doesn’t understand how such serious allegations can be drawn before the investigation has been finalized.
Andreas Lubitz had taken time off from his training, for which he had given no explanation, allowing for speculation. Upon his return he was tested again to ensure that he was fit to fly. Since the black box has been found officials have been attempting to analyze the sound recordings, according to NYTimes.com Bureau spokeswoman Martine del Bono stated that as soon as they have accurate information they plan to hold a press conference.
From the voice recordings it seems that the pilots got along well in the beginning of the flight. When the pilot got up to go to the restroom, USAToday.com reports that Lubitz deliberately used the second lock designed to keep anybody from entering the cockpit. There is no way that this could be done accidentally as it physically requires, “Manually moving a switch to a certain position to prevent access. That would require somebody knowing what they were doing and doing it intentionally.”
Quickly responding to the tragedy, Norwegian Air Shuttle has quickly adopted a policy preventing one person to be alone in the cockpit of a plane.