The Malta Independent 26 March 2015, Thursday

Updated (2): Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane', passengers heard screaming just before crash

Prosecutor: Co-pilot, alone at helm of Germanwings, began descent manually, 'intentionally' . Prosecutor: Co-pilot, alone at the controls of Germanwings flight, was conscious until...

latest comment from C Falzon, 26/03/2015 19:32: I do think they have rushed to judgement on the pilot. From all the information that has been released I do not see the supposed evidence of a suicide (or rather mass murder as it would be in that case). The whole theory seems to be based on two facts, that the co-pilot said nothing and that he put the plane into a descent. I see a more plausible alternative hypothesis: Pilot observes some anomaly in the pressurisation system, indicating a possible breach of the fuselage. After checking what he can from the instruments leaves the cockpit, closing the door behind him and proceeds to a visual inspection in the cabin. The leak is presumably in the cockpit and at some point accelerates making the pressure drop quite rapidly, possibly a defect in one of the windows. The copilot (who is now alone in the cockipt) reacts as he should, putting the plane into a rapid controlled descent, possibly doing one thing wrong, that is not putting on the oxygen mask before activating the descent. The priorites are normally Fly, Navigate then Communicate, but in case of decompression wearing the oxygen mask should take precedence. I would guess that he manged to do just the first one (partly) before falling unconcious because he didn;t wear the mask. If he had limited time he probably only dialled in and activated the rate of descent but not the target altitude. Even if he had put in the altitude it may still be a problem if the mountains were higher than the target altitude. If the depressurisation is relatively rapid (and not necessarily explosive) the co-pilot would lose consciousness within a few seconds. The pilot returns and tries to open the door (presumably by dialling the entry code or using a key) but the door won't open. By now the pressure in the cockipt has dropped much lower than that in the cabin, because he leak is in the cockpit and the cockpit itself is almost sealed from the rest of the plane by the security door. The pressure on the cabin side is pressing against
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