March 26, 2015

Germanwings pilot locked out before crash

Brian LilleyArchive

Officials investigating the Germanwings crash believe one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit ahead of the crash that killed 144 passengers and six crew members.

Citing sources close to the investigation, The New York Times reports that the cockpit voice recorder tells an horrifying tale.

A senior French military official involved in the investigation described a “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.

“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door, and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger, and no answer. There is never an answer.”

He said, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”

The Airbus A320 crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday after dropping from an altitude to 38,000 over 10 minutes.

While the voice recorder indicates one pilot locked out of the cockpit it appears to tell investigators little if anything about the state of the pilot still flying the plane. 

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commented 2015-03-27 08:54:56 -0400
Isn’t it strange how quickly they were able to get that information off a severely damaged flight recorder and disseminate the findings. Was that pilot on anti-depressants?
commented 2015-03-26 17:37:14 -0400
I don’t know all the facts with regards to the state of mind of the pilot inside the cockpit. But this was a horrible tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to all the families that lost loved ones.
commented 2015-03-26 12:30:30 -0400
the copilot is a German national. Fact the copilot deliberately crashed then plane. Fact he bared the captain from entering his access code. This isn’t speculation or theory. The cockpit Voice recorder shows what occurred. Pilots are given codes to unlock the door but you can block code entry invade a terrorist grabs a pilot and tries to force the entry by using the code.
This is not the first time. An Egyptian pilot did Tiana few years ago to commit suicide.
commented 2015-03-26 11:48:22 -0400
I wouldn’t jump to any conclusions yet. Sounds like a crazy freak accident.
commented 2015-03-26 11:23:26 -0400
I just hope that the world will be told if this was a terrorist action.
commented 2015-03-26 11:07:15 -0400
Some airlines apparently have a protocol which requires a member of the cabin staff to be in the cockpit so there are always two people still there when either pilot wishes to absent himself.
commented 2015-03-26 11:06:53 -0400
commented 2015-03-26 10:52:57 -0400
Yes we don’t know why but the copilot definitely blocked the captain from using his code to open the door. That was a deliberate across.
commented 2015-03-26 10:42:11 -0400
It will take weeks or months, but this will be thoroughly investigated by combined aviation/criminal investigation teams. A full dossier will be built on both the Captain and Copilot documenting their careers , capabilities and habits. Of particular interest will be the number of times the two crewed together and if the copilot was aware of the Captains habits like leaving the flight deck at certain times. A tragic and sad event and one’s heart goes out to the victim’s families and friends. What a dastardly thing to do.
commented 2015-03-26 10:41:10 -0400
Also, Tom and Peter, reports say the copilot could be heard continuing to breathe. Maybe he was passed out or overdosed but to my mind, that seems unlikely too.

I do not believe this was suicide or – what is it we call them? – a lone-wolf crazy.

Just because there was apparently no intelligence chatter doesn’t mean this man did not intend this to be a mass homicide. I think that he did is pretty clear. And given that, I doubt he acted outside some ideological precept for doing so.
commented 2015-03-26 09:52:21 -0400
Peter that is ruled out. The captain has a code to get in but the copilot blocked it.
commented 2015-03-26 09:22:09 -0400
I wonder if the pilot in the cockpit had a heart attack and die while the other one was out.