germanwings crash

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Mar 27, 2015 1:27 AM GMT
    With todays developments, it is virtually certain that the cause of this crash was the co-pilot deliberately crashing the aircraft, after the Captain left the flight deck to use the lavatory. The cockpit door had been locked again.

    Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said Lubitz, a German citizen, was not on any terrorist watch list before Germanwings Flight 9525 began an eight-minute descent from 38,000 feet, smashing into a 6,000-foot mountain Tuesday.

    Transponder data shows that the autopilot on the airliner was reprogrammed in the cockpit to change the plane's altitude from 38,000 feet to about 100 feet

    The CEO of Lufthansa Airlines, the parent company of germanwings, said that there are initial psychological evaluations during the hiring process, but after someone gets hired, there is not ongoing evaluation. After 9/11, cockpit doors were fortified and are virtually impenetrable. In this case, it actually prevented a different outcome, because the Captain could not get back into the cockpit to take control.
    What could be done to prevent this from happening again? Not an easy answer.
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    Mar 27, 2015 1:32 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidWhat could be done to prevent this from happening again?
    Fully autonomous planes.

    They're practically autonomous already. The pilots just manage the systems, and very seldom have to actually take the controls. That could easily be done from a ground base, such as is done with military drones.
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    Mar 27, 2015 1:58 AM GMT
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  • ChicagoSteve

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    Mar 28, 2015 9:06 PM GMT
    I read this comment on another board and thought it made perfect sense. We all know about doctor-patient confidentiality, but should it apply for people who have jobs where they are responsible for others? If the law had required germanwings airlines to be notified of the First Officer's treatment for depression and the sick leave note they found in his apartment, the crash may have been prevented.

    "medical confidentiality law should exclude anyone who has other people depending on them, bus drivers, airline pilots, train engineers, captains of boats, doctors, nurses, teachers etc."

    What do you guys think?