Saturday, May 30, 2015

GermanWings Flt 9525 Crash: One Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit

The New York Times is reporting an audio recording shows that one of the pilots of GermanWings Flight 9525 was locked out of the cockpit at the time of the crash into the French alps.

Crash Site, GermanWings Flight 9525

Crash Site, GermanWings Flight 9525

…an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane's descent and was unable to get back in.

A senior military official involved in the investigation described "very smooth, very cool" conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. 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." Source: New York Times

Chilling. This debunks the theory that a sudden depressurization happened, and disabled the pilots. If we consider that the pilot at the wheel/stick might have had a heart attack, or some other catastrophic health event, I believe the cockpit door automatically locks on exit. Perhaps the pilot inside was incapacitated? Or??? Updates as available.

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