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Another Air Crash Mystery–Terrorism Front And Center

March 26, 2015

Needless to say the plane that crashed into the side of a mountain is making for lots of discussion at our home.  To the point–did a Germanwings pilot deliberately fly his Airbus A320 into the side of a mountain?

BULLETIN – BBC: “The [28-year-old] co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps wanted to ‘destroy the plane’ … French prosecutors, citing information from the cockpit voice recorder said the co-pilot took sole control of plane and intentionally started its descent. The pilot had just left the cockpit and was locked out.”

–AP: “Just before crash, Germanwings passengers could be heard screaming on audio. … Co-pilot, alone at the controls, … was conscious until impact.

CNN is reporting the worst news of all.


The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 purposely crashed the plane into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board, officials said Thursday.

“We at Lufthansa are speechless that this aircraft has been deliberately crashed by the co-pilot,” said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said the co-pilot, 28-year-old German national Andreas Lubitz, apparently “wanted to destroy the aircraft.”

It’s unknown whether Lubitz planned his actions in advance, Robin said. But he “took advantage” of a moment in which the pilot left the cockpit and “activated the descent,” which can only be done deliberately.

  1. March 27, 2015 11:09 AM

    I need to also add as an editor type note to this post that the first roughly 48 hours of this story had not resulted in the names or background of the pilot or co-pilot. The fact that terrorism was so summarily dismissed without any supporting facts raised a normal level of questions. I also conclude this comment that there is still no firm way to conclude at this point that some factor other than medical issues was not also a part of this story. That this type of thing is so rare–mass killing resulting from depression with an aircraft–does make the matter of terrorism still something that needs and will receive a full investigation.

  2. March 27, 2015 10:26 AM

    You are right. At the time of this posting the information of which you comment was not known. Just this morning we also now learn of a ripped letter found in the trash in the apartment of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz “indicated that he was declared by a medical doctor (as) unfit to work,” .

  3. Tom permalink
    March 27, 2015 9:06 AM

    Terrorism is political violence, not violence done by the disturbed–like this pilot. We should never conflate the two. The psychological urge to do violence should be detected and treated with compassion before it happens. Political violence should be destroyed without mercy and utterly rejected.

    Terrorism–the impulse to political violence–is not and never will be akin to mental ilness which deserves sympathy and treatment.

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