There are many theories circulating about why a Germanwings Airbus crashed in the French Alps.
The latest theory offered by French prosecutors, allegedly based on the retrieval of a damaged voice recorder, is that the pilot was locked out of the cockpit by a suicidal co pilot, Andreas Lubitz.
Yet this version raises many questions, especially as it has emerged that the Airbus’ glide to destruction ‘took 18 minutes and not 8’.
Given the total communication blackout for 18 minutes and given the disappearance of the Airbus from the radar screen in the final six minutes, can we really be sure the Airbus crashed at all? Can we really be sure the debris shown to us on TV comes from the Airbus? Crucially, the memory card of the flight recorder black box was missing. What motive might anyone have for taking the memory card as appears to have happened?
In addition, a mountain guide and witness reports hearing no explosion on impact. Shouldn t a plane on the start of its journey to Dusseldorf and still packed with jet fuel explode with lots of noise, smoke and fire?
Even if the Airbus did crash, a glide for eighteen minutes is a long time, time enough for passengers and crew to send text messages or make calls. Yet none did. How can this be explained?
Why didn t the pilot, who was allegedly locked out of the cockpit, use, for example, a mobile or emergency phone to raise the alarm during those 18 minutes?
Why, in fact, did none of the 144 passengers in the plane use their phones to call or text their relatives as soon as they realised there was a problem with the cockpit and the plane was plunging towards earth at the rate of one kilometre per minute?
The claim that the passengers only realized at the last moment what was happening is not plausible. Passengers must have heard the pilot trying to hammer down the cockpit door if these sounds are indeed on the voice recorder retrieved from the wreckage as French prosecutors claim. They must have seen the way the plane was rapidly losing altitude and passed through the cloud cover. They must have seen the mountain range below looming closer and closer. They must also, surely, have seen the three French Mirage fighter jets, sent up by air traffic control, and which circled the plane within minutes.
A 3D video of the Germanwings descent gives us some idea of what the passengers experienced.
Bear in mind, there were school children on board. Even if the adults remained calm, the children, unaccompanied by their parents, certainly wouldn t have. As soon as they saw the Mirage jets, the children would have started getting excited, shouting and texting their parents.
The real puzzle in all this is why none of the 144 passengers or crew sent any text messages during a plunge lasting 18 minutes.
As mentioned, in a perilous situation like this, the first instinct of everyone, especially school children is, surely, to grab their mobile phones and sms or text their relatives. But there are no reports of any messages received by relatives. The parents of the German school children heard of the crash from the director of the local school and airport officials, according to media.
The story of the co pilot Andreas Lubitz is also curious. He gave no sign of being troubled and had cleared all tests of his flightworthiness, according to his employers and German media reports.
Lubitz was allegedly treated for burnout and depression six years ago. That means, he was able to articulate feelings of burnout and depression, and recognize its symptoms. Yet he gave no warning he was so desperate as to consider not just suicide but mass murder. http://www.bild.de/news/ausland/flug-4u9525/merkel-zur-neuen-4u9525-entwicklung-40315988.bild.html
If Lubitz was gripped by a sudden murderous, suicidal death wish, why did he choose to glide to destruction on autopilot for 18 minutes? And if he was in such inner turmoil and could hear the other pilot banging on the door to gain entry, why didn t he wrestle with the controls and computer systems and try to crash the plane headlong into the mountains more quickly? Wouldn t there have been a more erratic emergency descent, the fuel cut or some other action more likely to bring the plane down quickly to avert the risk that the other pilot, crew members and passengers would succeed in breaking down the door or cracking the code, entering the cockpit and stopping the descent in the 18 minutes that it took?
Cabin crew can gain entry to the cockpit in an emergency. A pilot can only override this access for between five to 20 minutes, according to media.
So, the glide to destruction took almost the maximum time that Lubitz could conceivably have overriden the emergency access code. Would he have taken the risk of the door springing open?
In addtion, for all Lubitz knew the door could have slid open any moment, allowing people to enter the cockpit. In this high pressure situation, surely the instinct of any suicidal, impulsive maniac is to shift to manual control and point the nose of the plane straight down. A suicidal, impulsive maniac with people hammering on the cockpit door and his ability to override the emergency access code restricted to at most 20 minutes would not choose to glide down for 18 minutes. That does not add up.
According to the French officials, Lubitz said nothing. That s possible but more likely is that he would shout out something in the heat of the moment, especially as the impact with sheer rock face was imminent like “What have I done?”
The official version is like a one dimensional film script. People behave differently in real life.
The complete lack of all communications from the pilot and passengers suggests, more than anything else, that the plane s computer system was indeed hacked. If the electronic communications systems were jammed that would explain why there were no communications from the pilot and co pilot, passengers or crew.
Yet, the French investigators are claiming that is what happened until the last moments when screaming can be heard.
We may never know exactly what really happened. The memory chip of the second black box recording flight data was missing, something which in itself is very odd. http://www.stern.de/panorama/germanwings-flugzeugabsturz-im-newsticker-bericht-es-war-nur-ein-pilot-im-cockpit-2182519.html
If the plane did crash, the cause may have been the hacking of the computer system during the reparis the day prior to the flight. The three French Mirage planes could have jammed the electronic communication and control system.
Also, odd is the alleged appearance of an Italian fighter jet near the alsp, which squawked on the emergency channel of the Airbus the very time when radio contact was lost.
http://www.pprune.org/rumours-news/558654-airbus-a320-crashed-southern-france-7.html Well, check back through FR24. MM7168 at 09.35 (GMT) shouted 7700 near the alps. M7168 (NOT the Airbus) squawks 7700 at 09:35 GMT, which is 10:35am Central European Time (Promise!) just to the East in Northern Italy.
Another theory is that CERN was involved. CERN shut down hours after Germanwings crash. Is there a connection asks Kev Baker? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obuDgxn49fE “Smashing protons at such high energy and speed causes electro magnetic lightnings which can travel far. The plane was hit by abnormally strong electro magnetic pulse which disabled crafts engines. US army already have this as a weapon in smaller version. ” Reply · 7
Whatever the explanation, the French prosecutors’ version does not add up. It assumes complete passivity and silence on the part of 148 other people on board the plane as they crashed with terrifying speed to their death in the Alps.
In real life, danger releases adrenaline, which converts into action, sending an sms, talking, planning, crying, screaming banging on a door, finding a lever to smash a door etc.
Just imagine how you ould react. Imagine it s you who are in a plane plunging into the Alps with a pilot banging furiously at the cockpit door and shouting at the co pilot to open it in German, a language you understand. What would you do? Imagine you look outside the window and see the plane entering the clouds, and then exiting the clouds. Imagine you hear a roar and see Mirage fighter jets flying parallel, so close you can see the markings on the fusilage and the pilot in his cockpit. The mission of the Mirage fighter jets was to ascertain what was wrong with the plane, so these planes would have flown close to the Airbus to make a visual inspection of the cockpit area especially. Imagine that as the plane drops down into the valley, you start to see peaks towering above you. Would you really sit in silence through all this and for 18 minutes just screaming seconds before impact?