Pilot of Crashed Germanwings Flight Locked Out of Cockpit?

First evidence of the Cockpit Voice Recorder of the fatally crashed Germanwings Airbus 320 in France seems to show that one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit until the impact, according to an article on the website of The New York Times

According to a member of the investigation team of the Germanwings flight 4U9525, one of the pilots left the Cockpit shortly after the Airbus A320 reached its cruising altitude of 38,000ft for yet unknown reasons.

A senior military official who is part of the investigation stated that the pilot outside of the flight deck could not re-enter it until the plane hit the ground.

First, “The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” the senior military official said and “then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer“. He further stated that one could even here him trying to smash the cockpit door down. The pilot still inside the cockpit did not say anything.

Before one of the pilots has left the cockpit, the coversations between the two men has been “very smooth, very cool”.

“Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, does not have any information about The New York Times article reporting that one of the pilots on Germanwings Flight 9525 was locked out of the cockpit when the plane crashed, company spokesman Klaus Gorny told CNN Thursday. Lufthansa is looking into the report, Gorny said.” (quoted from the CNN website).

While there are now new details about the minutes before the crash, many questions are left open and the confusion about the cause of the accident is even bigger than before. Why did the pilot leave the cockpit? Why didn’t the pilot inside the flight deck open the door? Could it have been a suicide?

“As soon as we have accurate information we intend to hold a press conference,” France’s Bureau of Investigations stated today. I highly recommend to be patient and to not drew any conclusions before any facts stated above are confirmed. I will, too, keep you up to date , dear readers.

in deep sorrow and with condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones,



20 thoughts on “Pilot of Crashed Germanwings Flight Locked Out of Cockpit?

  1. Das wäre natürlich übel. Das klingt so als wenn in Zukunft eine weitere Person in das Cockpit geben muss wenn einer der Piloten das Cockpit verläßt um die Tür wieder zu öffner.
    Persönlich vermute ich hier eher Herzinfarkt oder Schlaganfall als Selbstmord.

  2. Shocking they don’t do any kind of checks with family and friends before a pilot receives the license…I’m thinking that’s about to change

    1. I am sorry, but this statement is simply wrong Malinda, I say that as an aviation insider, ALL the screenings are thorough and in depth enough

        1. I just watched the press conference of Lufthansa.

          I think before we can decide whether this is makes sense, everything has to be revealed, short notice decisions are not always good. There is currently no airline in Europe that has such regulations. However, I could imagine that some airlines will introduce it…

            1. Be live me, the recruitment test includes in depth psychological testing with psychologists. That is why less then three percent pass it.

            2. My prayers to the families. There emotional well being is what matters. The details, or policies will sort themselves later.

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