Friday, April 3, 2015

Germanwings plane crash, questionable information

I have a few questions. I'm not a pilot neither am I a professional in any way, but some of the findings from the investigation of the downed germanwings airbus has struck my common sense nerve. 

In response to the question, how did they know that the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, intentionally brought the plane down, they responded that according to the voice recordings he was breathing normally. 

I put myself in the co-pilot's shoes for just a few minutes and I imagined myself behind the windscreen of a huge plane with full intention to pulverise 149 others including myself, I would be nervous, excited and pumped full of adrenaline. In fact every time I made a move to block my pilot from coming in I would experience a surge of adrenalin. 

Surges of adrenalin may have been small in the first few minutes after locking the captain out but there is no way at all my breathing would have been normal. 

Now imagine seeing the plane hurtling towards the alps knowing that there was absolutely no turning back, imagine them getting closer and closer while you constantly override your instincts to survive and pull the plane up. That must be one hell of an adrenalin rush. And somehow this guys breathing remained normal and he kept absolutely silent?

Ever watched a bunch of bungee jumpers as they get closer and closer to the ground knowing that they probably won't but could well be heading towards their end? Do they stay in compete silence? Do you think their screams are so voluntary that they could suppress them? Do you think that Andreas Lubitz suppressed his overwhelming desire to scream? Do you really think he forwent his final opportunity to have his last words? Even if only to himself? Do you honestly think a man would have cared about the investigation after the crash so much that he would have opted for total silence?

Ok, so if this recording exists, let us hear it. I bet I am not the only one standing here shouting that from the peanut gallery. So, cleverly 'they' leaked out a copy of the transcript to the tabloids. As though this was the same thing. 

These very same tabloids apparently got hold of a cellphone video which was found in the rubble. How does a cellphone video get found in rubble and exactly how would one recognise a cellphone video if they ever saw one on the ground?

Well let's assume that this was just a case of a poorly worded news item and a video was in fact shot by someone in the plane. 

Let's go back to the imagining game again, shall we? You and your fellow passengers suddenly become aware that the plane is going down and it's taking you all with it, no exceptions. The first thing you do is whip out your phone and start shooting a video? And you would do this so you could keep it as a souvenir of your final moments on earth? Most cellphones would be off during flight and if like the repairs say the plane had just reached the desired altitude, the cabin crew night have given the word to turn on cellphones.

Every aspect of this cellphone video is so far fetched that finally they admit that this is a hoax. The same 2 tabloids that published the transcript of the onboard voice recordings claim to have seen this video, labelled as a lie. Now we know we can't believe a word printed in these 2 papers. So that goes for the transcript too?

I have another question. They say according to the voice recordings that the passengers only realised in the final minute that the plane was going down and that they were going to die. Are you kidding me? It took the germanwings co-pilot 8 minutes to bring the plane down from 38,000 feet to the point of impact. The plane would be seriously nose diving, wouldn't it? And you are telling me that the passengers sitting in their seats wouldn't be leaning right up against the back of the seat in front of them? And that they would not be alarmed at all by the angle if the plane and their discomfort? What about the amount of turbulence they would feel? A significant drop in altitude would mean a massive change in cabin pressure. And it makes no sense to me that the occupants of the doomed aircraft would not have noticed this until the final minute? 

Neither had the cabin crew noticed since no one came to the rescue of the captain who was reportedly trying to break down the cockpit door unaided. The pilot didn't even turn to his crew to ask for help knowing that if he did not change the course of the plane it would be the end of them all? 

The initial story of the crash says that one minute before contact was lost with the ill fated germanwings plane that the tower received an emergency call. This has not been touched on again. Who made this call and how? Speaking of contact with the ground, are the only points of contact from the plane to the ground found in the cockpit? What if the system fails? Are there satellite phones available that can be used by any crew member in the event of an emergency? Can a co-pilot situated in the cockpit cut off communication? Does he really have that kind of power? I'm no professional in matters such as these but as a person who has entrusted my life to airlines and pilots on numerous occasions I have always believed they have a complicated set of systems that back up even the backup systems and that they have protocols to deal with system failures. Why do I suddenly feel like air travel has been poorly thought out? Or is it the cover up story that has been poorly thought out?

What if what really happened was a general failure of the aircraft and that this huge piece of metal free fell almost 38,000 feet, picking up speed as it went? What if that was the case? Germanwings and Lufthansa would be facing a law suit that would bring the company to their knees, forcing them into bankruptcy while hundreds of employees lost their jobs. 

With the plane shattered into a million pieces and every single passenger of the plane pulverised into the French alps it has become a case of 'dead man tell no tales' and every single remaining clue has to be sent to the lab for processing. Likely story old chaps. Likely story 

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