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German Co-Pilot Commits Mass Murder

Posted on | March 26, 2015 | 62 Comments

This news is absolutely sickening:

The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings jet locked his captain out of the cockpit before deliberately crashing into a mountain to ‘destroy the plane’, it was sensationally revealed today.
French prosecutor Brice Robin gave further chilling details of the final ten minutes in the cockpit before the Airbus A320 plunged into the French Alps killing 150 people.
Revealing data extracted from the black box voice recorder, he said the co-pilot — 28-year-old German Andreas Lubitz — locked his captain out after the senior officer left the cockpit.
At that point, Lubitz used the flight managing system to put the plane into a descent, something that can only be done manually — and deliberately.
He said: ‘The intention was to destroy the plane. Death was instant. The plane hit the mountain at 700kmh (430mph).
‘I don’t think that the passengers realised what was happening until the last moments because on the recording you only hear the screams in the final seconds’. . . .
Responding to revelations, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said all pilots undergo annual medical checks, but not special psychiatric assessments beyond training.
He added: ‘He passed all medical exams, all checks. He was 100 per cent fit to fly without any restrictions.
‘I am not a lawyer. I am the CEO of a big company. If one person takes 149 people with him to death, it is not suicide.’
However, it emerged today that Lubitz had to stop his pilot training in 2008 because he was depressed and suffering ‘burnout’.
A schoolmate told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that he had taken a break because of depression.
The woman said: ‘Apparently he had burnout, he was in depression.’

Breaking News: Crazy people are dangerous.

Interruptions during Lufthansa pilot training were common and trainees are required to provide an explanation for their absence, Spohr said. However, German law prevents Lufthansa from obtaining information on an employee’s medical history. The chief executive said only that Lubitz went on hiatus for a period of “a few months,” adding that he was later deemed fit to return to training and that he passed all subsequent physical and psychological tests.

You might think that this incident seven years ago — when Lubitz was 21 and “depression” interrupted his training — would have caused someone to question his fitness to be a commercial pilot. Oh, but that would be discrimination against the mentally ill, which is unacceptable. Misguided ideas about “human rights” thereby result in putting a murderous psychopath in the cockpit so he can kill 149 innocent people by flying into a mountain at 400 miles an hour.

“You only hear the screams in the final seconds.”

(Via Memeorandum.)

 

Comments

  • Quartermaster

    I’ve many times started a post just to kill it. Sometimes the 16yo in me tries to break free.

  • Quartermaster

    When I was at Rucker there was a spate of inner ear problems that came out in people that had nearly completed Primary phase. It was apparently a problem that had a fairly simple test, but I didn’t see that test when I took my Class 1 at Campbell. I don’t know if it was ever included in an updated class 1 or not.

  • Quartermaster

    You give him what he asked for and he gets upset? Mighty ungrateful if you ask me (and I know you didn’t so there’s no charge).

  • Daniel Freeman

    Well, you’ve seen the stuff I’ve posted. (It was RSM that called one of them a “cruel jest.”)

    Now imagine what I’ve canceled.

  • theoldsargesays

    To paraphrase Governor Cuomo….”You don’t need a plane to be full to fly it !”

    How about Nacy Pelosi…”Right away we could pass … we could pass the ban on the full airplane” Pelosi said during an interview with MSNBC.

    Hey! This progressive liberal game of twisting words around is kind of fun…:-

  • theoldsargesays

    Another opportunity for DADT?

  • theoldsargesays

    I, for one, am staying clear of that one because I’ve clicked on links here and seen things that cannot be unseen.
    Your mind and the places it goes might be more disturbing than my own.

  • Quartermaster

    Don’t have to imagine. I canceled a cruel jest I was about to post here today. I have to keep that young guy well bound. Pilots and Surveyors have a pretty mean sense of humor at times.

  • Steve Skubinna

    I had a captain once who liked to say “Once you lower your standards, a whole new world opens up.”

  • Steve Skubinna

    A lot of pilots look upon doctors as their natural enemies.

  • ericjg623

    Exactly. The whole system is set up to be adversarial, such that the pilot sees the doctor as an enemy who has the power to ruin his career.

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