1) that the door was locked and the 5 minute lockout switch had to have been reactivated after that time had passed, and the pilot Lubitz was the only person who could have reactivated it, and …
2) The auto pilot had to also manually overridden to allow the plane to change altitude and start descending towards the mountain range.
These two events suggest the pilot was conscious and made decisions and carried out actions that were designed to crash the plane. However the question of motive is still unanswered. Investigators said there was no indication the crash was an act of terrorism.
I am more than cautious in accepting mainstream media reports relating to these kind of events for they’re seldom reliable. If we accept some of these reports as truthful, then Andreas Lubitz was suffering from depression and this is what caused him to crash the plane and kill all 150 on board.
However, Lubitz had 630 hours of flying experience and according to the Lufthansa Chief his performance was without criticism. A Dusseldorf university clinic that Lubitz had attended earlier this year said media reports he had been treated there for depression were wrong.
Lubitz was described by acquaintances in his hometown of Montabaur as a “normal guy” and “nice young man”. “He was a completely normal guy,” Klaus Radke said, the head of the local flight club where Lubitz received his first flying licence years ago.
“He had a lot of friends, he wasn’t a loner,” another member of the club said. “He was integrated in the group. Our club is mostly made up of young people who learn how to fly gliders and then get their licence and then perhaps, like was the case with him, to make the jump into commercial aviation.”
Carsten Spohr, the head of Lufthansa, parent company of Germanwings, told a news conference there was not “the slightest indication what might have led” to his actions.
“In our worst nightmares we could not have imagined that this kind of tragedy could happen to us here at the company,” he said.
According to Mr Spohr, Andreas Lubitz began training as a pilot in 2008 in Bremen, where he was admitted after undergoing thorough psychological testing.
He took a break from his training “for a few months” before graduating in 2012 and working for Lufthansa as a flight attendant as part of his preparation, the Lufthansa boss added.
Cockpit employees are selected “very, very carefully” with much attention paid to their “psychological suitability”, Mr Spohr, himself a former pilot, assured.
“He was 100 per cent airworthy, without reservation.”
I guess I’m forced to give some credibility to the current explanation of the event but I am still unconvinced. There seems to be too many questions unanswered.
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