The Crash Site of Germanwings 9525
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The Crash Site of Germanwings 9525

This Tragic Story Of A Co-Pilot Gone Rogue Always Gives Me Chills

Germanwings Flight 9525 is something you should Google when you have 20 minutes of free time. The story is absolutely insane - and tragic. And terrifying.
This was a deliberate crash that happened in March of 2015. All 144 passengers and 6 crew members were killed when the plane crashed. The Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was depressed and suicidal. A doctor had declared him unfit for work, which he kept from Germanwings. He took control of the plane and crashed it.
It was a controlled descent that ultimately drove the plane into a mountain. The pilot got up to go to the bathroom and when he came back to the cockpit, the door was locked.
Now the pilot has a code to unlock the cockpit door but Andreas simply disabled the code pad from inside the cockpit. The pilot tried to break down the door too, but cockpit doors -
- well, cockpit doors are much stronger and harder to break down after 9-11. During this time, Andreas Lubitz did not respond to anyone or submit a distress call. The black box recording is simply him breathing. The transcripts are an interesting and chilling read. It's quite terrifying that one depressed man could play God.
When police searched his home and laptop, they found he had been Googling ways to commit suicide and how to control and secure the cockpit door. So pilots, know your co-pilot.
Germanwings
Germanwings
An infographic of the crash
An infographic of the crash
“The blackbox transcripts are a chilling but interesting read”
Andrea Lubitz, the co-pilot
Andrea Lubitz, the co-pilot
Second half of infographic
Second half of infographic
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