Pilot deliberately crashed plane? Right now, I don't buy it

Pilot Andreas Günter Lubitz

Pilot Andreas Günter Lubitz

It amazes me the way we rush to judgment and accept something so improbable as a given. After all, scientists are always saying we should look for more logical explanations before we suspect that the spinning disc in the sky was a flying saucer from some other galaxy, and I agree with that thesis.

With the information available at present, its difficult for me to accept the claim that the pilot of the Germanwings aircraft deliberately crashed the aircraft and that there was not some alternative explanation.

For one thing why? Nobody has yet attributed a motive. If the pilot was indeed suicidal there would still need to be an explanation as to why he would take 150 innocents with him. So far that explanation does not exist.

Secondly, if the pilot was intent on crashing the aircraft, why carry out such a comparatively long slow trajectory? It could have been a lot more vertical and a lot faster than the ten minutes or more it took to reach the crash point.

Authorities have reported that the co-pilot can be heard breathing on the cockpit voice recorder, with the captain’s increasingly desperate efforts to gain entry audible in the background. A Finnish aviation official on Wednesday evening interpreted this as evidence that the copilot was unconscious, precisely the opposite of the conclusion reached by French prosecutor Brice Robin.

Is there evidence that the second pilot was still out of the cockpit? Could he have returned earlier and was it someone else trying to break down the door? I guess the voice outside has been positively identified as the other pilot or though I don’t see this explained fully anywhere.

I’m not saying the scenario produced by the German authorities is completely wrong. I think I would need a lot more confirmation before making such a judgment. There seems to be a trend of late to blame pilots for crashes or disappearances in circumstances that defy logic and depend heavily on speculation.

Update- this site claims the pilot has connections to Islam and this is the reason he crashed the plane.

Muslim Convert Co-Pilot Andreas Günter Lubitz Committed Jihad By DELIBERATELY Slamming The Plane Into The Mountain! Murdering All On Board.

Again, I consider the claims are tenuous at best. However there is this from the Daily Mail

Police investigating the Germanwings crash said they had made a ‘significant discovery’ at the home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who deliberately ploughed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps. Officers refused to reveal details of the potential breakthrough but said it was not a suicide note. Speaking outside the flat on the outskirts of Dusseldorf, police said they had ‘found something’ that would now be taken for tests, adding it may be a ‘clue’ as to what happened to the doomed jet.

Still too little to convince me of any deliberate intent by the pilot, especially as if it was done as deliberate sabotage, then what is to gain by not openly identifying it as such? There is no point to an act of terrorism unless some cause is clearly identified.



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  1. “could have been a lot more vertical”
    I read on one site today that the A320 electronics doesn’t allow massive deviations from a ‘normal’ descent envelope and will auto self correct to keep the fly by wire machine relatively stable. So a descent slope inside normal parameters doesn’t alarm the passengers or the ground controllers – till it’s too late.

    Secondly, one wonders which Taleban training camp he spent his six or so years in during his flying career hiatus subsequent to the depressive episode.

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  2. It sounds as if he had to control the descent, override the door locks and disable the auto pilot, all together pointing to a deliberate act. We will have to wait to hear about background checks and the search info. At the end of the day is it even possible to stop a psycho like that, if this is indeed the case…?

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    • Yep, I have to admit its difficult to explain the door lock scenario otherwise. Apparently they disengage after five minutes and have to be re-engaged. if so, then it seems there was a deliberate attempt to keep the door locked and I presume the other pilot on the outer. So if it was deliberate it appears the pilot decided to commit suicide and for no known reason take everyone on the plane with him. That is the act of one special kind of bastard.

      Also illustrates a scenario that makes it difficult to design a future door lock system.

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