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Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: March 28, 2015, 01:56:49 PM »

The "info" refers to the headline of the worst german tabloid:

Das sagt die Ex-Freundin des Amok-Piloten | Er drohte: „Eines Tages wird jeder meinen Namen kennen“

If he really threatened like she said according to BILD's headline, she probably needs to be fired by her airline for not informing security of the danger he posed, maybe even has to be prosecuted for "her silence". Guess BILD gave her a lot of money for that "scandalous" admittance of her lack of responsibility. The SUN couldn't have done better! :-[
Posted by: thaiga
« on: March 28, 2015, 01:13:34 PM »

There's an interesting article in the telegraph................

Airbus crash pilot Andreas Lubitz had been planning a spectacular gesture to make everyone "remember" who he was, it was claimed on Friday night.
Posted by: Roger
« on: March 28, 2015, 10:18:02 AM »

Some chat on France 24 alerted me to this.
Pilot suicides in small planes are not uncommon BUT it's rare for the Pilot to kill anyone else in the process.
Some examples only......
1997 - Silk Air Flight 185 crashed in Malaysia killing 104
1999 - EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed in Massachusetts killing 217
2013 - Mozambique Airlines TM470 crashed killing 33
In each case, there seems strong evidence that the pilots flew them down deliberately.

2014 - Malaysia Airlines MH370. the Jury is OUT !!!!

Disturbing to say the least !! Let's hope the Authorities will now wise up on this problem.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:26:05 PM »

Mentally stable at 38,000 feet: Can you trust your pilot?

Airline pilots are supposed to be the ones we trust.

They greet us at the door of the plane in their crisp, military-style uniforms, then welcome us aboard with that familiar soothing drawl over the PA system as we buckle ourselves in. When there's turbulence, they offer reassurance. And when the plane safely touches down, they invite us to fly with them again.

Now, that feeling of security has taken a hit.

Investigators say the co-pilot of a Germanwings airliner locked the pilot out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed the jet in the French Alps, killing all 150 people aboard.

"In the near term, pilots will be looked at with a bit more suspicion," said former US Airways pilot John M. Cox, now CEO of the consulting firm Safety Operating Systems. "This rogue pilot is not the first one and sadly will not be the last one."


Germanwings Crash: How the Lock on the Cockpit Door Works

Evidence from the cockpit voice recorder recovered from the wreckage of Germanwings Flight 9525 indicates that the co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit. Here are three different ways to unlock and lock the cockpit door, based on a video by Airbus, the manufacturer of the plane

Normal procedure for entering the cockpit

    1 A crew member calls the cockpit on an intercom.
    2 After making contact, the crew member presses the pound key on the keypad, which sets off a buzzer inside the cockpit.
    3 The pilot switches the door-control toggle from “NORM” to “UNLOCK.”
    4 A green light on the keypad indicates that the door is unlocked.
    5 The crew member can enter the cockpit.

If a crew member believes the pilot is incapacitated

    1 If a member of the flight crew follows the normal procedure for entering the cockpit and gets no response, he or she would enter an emergency code into the keypad, triggering a 30-second timer. All crew members know the emergency code.
    2 After 30 seconds, if there is no response from the cockpit, the door unlocks for five seconds.
    3 The emergency code will not work if the pilot’s toggle is set to “LOCK.”

If the pilot wants to keep others out of the cockpit

    1 The pilot, or someone else in the cockpit, can prevent anyone from entering by moving the door toggle to the “LOCK” position.
    2 The “LOCK” position disables emergency access for five minutes at a time.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: March 26, 2015, 09:14:26 PM »

Co-pilot deliberately crashed Germanwings plane: prosecutor

MARIGNANE, FRANCE - The co-pilot "deliberately" initiated the descent of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps and refused to open the door to the pilot who was outside the cockpit, the lead investigator said on Thursday.

FULL STORY: Bangkokpost
Posted by: thaiga
« on: March 26, 2015, 02:36:08 PM »

Report: France jet audio shows pilot locked out of cockpit

A newspaper report, however, suggests the audio contains intriguing information at the least: One of the pilots is heard leaving the cockpit, then banging on the door with increasing urgency in an unsuccessful attempt to get back in.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: March 25, 2015, 04:46:38 PM »

Germanwings cancels flight as pilots refuse to fly

FRANKFURT (AFP) - A number of pilots at German low-cost airline Germanwings refused to fly Wednesday following the deadly crash in the French Alps, saying they were mourning the victims of the doomed aircraft.
A spokeswoman for Germanwings’ parent company, German flag carrier Lufthansa, said that "Lufthansa flights are going ahead as planned. One Germanwings flight has been cancelled because pilots don’t feel they are in a position to fly."

She declined to say how many pilots declined to work on Wednesday.

The flight cancelled was the connection from the western German city of Duesseldorf to Barcelona. The Airbus that crashed on Tuesday killing all 144 passengers and six crew was travelling to Duesseldorf from Barcelona.

A spokesman for the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit, Joerg Handwerg, insisted the decision was not because of concerns about safety.

"It has nothing to do with safety. The pilots have friends and colleagues who have died," Handwerg said on public television.

"That is such a heavy emotional burden that it’s better not to get into the cockpit."

Already on Tuesday, Germanwings had reported "occasional flight disruptions within its route network" as pilots were too shocked to fly following the news of the crash of an A320 Germanwings jet.

It was the first fatal accident in the history of Germanwings, and the deadliest on the French mainland since 1974.

"We understand their decision," Germanwings executive Thomas Winkelmann said on Tuesday.

The nation
Posted by: thaiga
« on: March 24, 2015, 07:00:13 PM »

Germanwings plane crash live: Airbus A320 flight GWI9525 goes down near Alps in France

All 148 people on board believed to be dead

Germanwings has issued a statement via Twitter saying the airline is still working to confirm the incident through its "own information".

It said it had "recently become aware of media reports speculating on an incident".

The airline requested the public "monitor our website" and said it would provide information as soon as it was available.

BREAKING: Germanwings flight 4U2595 crashes in southern France