As you all know, a Germanwings A320 crashed earlier this week en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. Most of the story is still developing and we are just beginning to find out what happened aboard flight 9525, the facts are chilling and shocking.
What is horrifying to me is that the airplane literally broke apart into a million+ pieces. The biggest part of the plane left was about the size of a car. That is just horrifying. Personally, for some reason I’m still in denial about the whole situation since looking at the crash site, you can’t even tell an airplane crashed since all that is left are tiny pieces of the A320. Here’s a video showing the area:
The plane literally disintegrated. The video is just so chilling, I mean if you showed this to someone I doubt they would be able to tell an aircraft crashed. The area just doesn’t look like it. Of course if you zoom in you can see some of the aircraft’s parts such as the wheels, but still, it is just so hard to picture an airplane there.
Furthermore, the cockpit voice recording confirms the co-pilot deliberately crashed the airplane. The pilot left the cockpit and then the co-pilot locked the door and wouldn’t let the pilot back in. The co-pilot didn’t say a word for the remainder of the flight. Apparently on the CVR recordings, you can hear the pilot trying to gain access to the cockpit and then banging on the door and there is no answer. The passengers weren’t aware of what was going on until the last minute (as you can hear screaming during the final moments). I’m sure when the audio recordings are released, it will be very eerie to listen to them.
I just can’t believe something like this would happen. Lufthansa’s CEO confirms the co-pilot was 100% fit to fly, so why would he do something like this? On all U.S. airlines, when a pilot leaves the cockpit, a member of the crew goes inside to make sure there are at least two people in the cockpit at all times. I find it puzzling that most non-U.S. airlines don’t have this policy, I’m sure something similar will now be put into practice. Overall, it’s just a frightening situation and as usual, my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the passengers and crew.