First of all, my heart goes with all the people who lost a significant one on that flight. That could be each and every one of us - both as a victim and as a relative. In Europe, those flights are like taking the bus - so usual and unavoidable. So it is clear why everyone has been so concerned with the crash.
But there are couple of things, which I find insane and simply not fair.
1. In the past year, there were 2 big planes lost to most likely not-technical reasons.
MH370 - disappeared on 8 March 2014 somewhere above South China Sea. There were plenty of theories but NOT ONE SINGLE evidence what happened to this flight. Most importantly, nobody in the official media asked how on Earth it is possible to lose a plane in such highly militarized area where there are plenty of big military bases which of course have powerful radars and satellites and pretty much they track and record everything that moves in the sky. Whatever happened, we would never know. But the most viable theory, that the plane was shot down because it stopped responding was never officially circulated. The relatives were left alone with their grief and nobody in Europe cared.
MH17 - crashed on 17 July 2014 in the air above Ukraine. Crashed is not exact term. It was shot down. SHOT DOWN! By whom is not that important (or clear for now), what is important is 1) why this plane (and all the others) was flying above a zone in a war, between parties, both armed with anti-air missiles. Why it was redirected to pass precisely above this zone and not to follow its usual route?
Also, although the black boxes were recovered and studied, although there were plenty of physical evidences on the ground, although there were even eye-witnesses, the official investigation has not provided a viable story. And there was an article recently, how the investigators made a video address to all the eventual witnesses who can prove the missile was Russian!!! WHAT THE FUCK?! One would expect the investigators to want to listen to all the witnesses and then to draw a conclusion on what actually happened! Not in this case. And almost one year later, we still don't know what happened to those people who basically fell on the ground from 11km altitude, when the plane disintegrated. Some of them, probably were alive while falling. Again, nobody cares about the relatives, nobody gives them an explanation, nobody claims responsibility. There is no closure for those people.
2. And then it comes the Germanwings tragedy:
- in which the first black box was recovered and analyzed in ~24 hours.
- in which the investigators searched the apartments of (only) the second pilot also in less than 24 hours.
- in which a theory was circulated in the medias in approximately 48 hours after the crass (maybe even less)
- in which the second black box (recording the plane sensors) was oddly enough missing and then miraculously recovered and found to of course confirm the main theory
- in which the second pilot was considered guilty before any evidences were made public.
For example, we don't have the first the black box recordings published, even though that data was available all the time and it doesn't need an expert to understand it.
The only evidence we have seen is the velocity/altitude readings by a distant radar.
We don't have the data from the second black box, we only know it is confirming the theory.
Instead, we know all the possible and impossible diseases of Andreas Lubic - starting with possible depression and vision impairments, statements of his ex(?)-girlfriend and neighbors that he was in top shape, but stopped eating pizza and also ex-instructor which claimed he maybe was prone to depressions (but otherwise, he was excellent pilot).
What we don't have is:
- Opinions of colleagues who had flown with him. This guy was a pilot, he didn't exist in separate universe, he worked and people knew him. How come nobody noticed any problems with him?
- How come the evaluators who gave him the license and the company who hired him didn't ever notice any deviations in his behavior?
- How come nobody of his friends has made any statement about who he was and what problems led to his depression?
- How come Facebook closed his page even before it was confirmed it was him. Why? Since when FB closes the pages of diseased people without a serious efforts by the relatives? Unless there were a terroristic claims on it?
- Most importantly, where is the missing fuel. This was the beginning of the flight, the plane was loaded with fuel. This fuel would have exploded like a bomb upon crashing in the mountain. It would have left some form of evidence, even in the rock - a crater with varying size, or just a trace of burnt rock, also debris following the explosion. There was nothing like this on the TV. Although I remember the Spanish TV using the term "pulverized". Which confirms there was an explosion, the question is where it happened. Was it in air (inconsistent with the current theory) or on ground (inconsistent with the published evidence). But hey, this fuel cannot just disappear!
Finally, the latest reports are that he searched "Suicide" and "Cabin door security" the days prior to the crash. I have a problem with this. Who researches "Suicide"? If you want to do it, you do it, you don't need to look for info in the internet. Especially if you plan to crash a plane, let's be honest, who knows more about flying and crashing planes than pilots?
Also "cabin door security", really? He was a pilot, don't you think he had excellent knowledge of how to close and open the cabin door? I mean, it is not a rocket science and I'm pretty sure all the pilots go trough in-depth instructions how to close and open the door.
I'm sorry but this is ridiculous. First we were made to believe the guy was handicapped, blind and mad /but otherwise perfectly fitting the requirements for a pilot/, now he's suicidal who doesn't even know how to suicide???
And how about some evidences? How come, the evidences from plane crashes are never public? What is in the black box recordings that needs to be kept a secret?And how is it possible, that the black box of MH17 is not YET read, but that of Germanwings were read in just couple of hours?
3. Media hysteria or media manipulation
Let's be honest, in the days after the crash, we were flooded in information. Everyday, all the media, told us about each and every detail of the people who lost their lives and also about the second pilot problems. /We never heard about the first pilot, though/. There were experts from all kind of areas explaining us why it was obvious that Lubic crashed the plane and it most definitely didn't explode in air or disintegrate. I agree, if it exploded, it was on very low altitude. But why would it do that? How?
And why the media don't care about proper and INDEPENDENT investigation?
4. What about the money?
According to what the Spanish TV was claiming, Lufthansa had to pay around 1 BILLION euro compensation to the families if it was found the crash was their fault. Yet, they deny any responsibility whatsoever.
Latest information is that the European Aviation Safety Agency made a number of critics after its last check on Germanwings and Lufthansa. Yet, they didn't fix the issues, they only responded.
So my question is:
If the selection and control process for hiring pilots is faulty, whose fault is this? If the company failed to notice that their pilot had numerous health issues, whose fault is this? If the company didn't introduce the rule of the 2 people in the cockpit, whose fault is this? If the European Aviation Safety Agency didn't impose this rule (probably precisely because of big companies like Lufthansa), whose fault is this?
You can see on this video, there is an obvious problem with cockpit doors: it has an electronic switch which opens and closes the door and the only way to open the door in the case of electronic malfunction is FROM THE INSIDE. Which means, if the person inside gets incapacitated (stroke, choking with food or some kind of allergic shock) and the door malfunction, THERE IS NO WAY TO ENTER THE COCKPIT!
And this is the non-criminal variant of course. Or if the pilot outside forgets the emergency code. Or if the door just blocks for some kind of unknown reason. Or if the person insides wants to lock it.
From the video, it is clear that after you lock the door, it gets blocked for 5 minutes. So it is unclear to me, if you can open it even with the emergency code or it can be opened only from inside /which is what the video kind of hints/. Which means, that if the second pilot on error locked the door and then passed out, the first pilot maybe just couldn't enter! At least not until it was too late.
It is a speculation, but let's face it, the door is problematic and all kinds of situations could occur. And also, since there are absolutely no direct evidences published, we can only speculate.
And in the meantime, if the problem was the pilot, the company, Lufthansa, doesn't need to pay full compensation. Even though, the relatives and their lawyers have no access to the evidences and basically, they know only what they've been told by the company and the prosecutors. Conflict of interests, anybody?
I'd like to remind you of AF447, the plane lost on 1 June 2009 on its way from Brazil to France. The official reason for the crash read technical problem and bad crew reaction. The compensations, however, were only ~18 000 euros per passenger. Neither Air France, nor Airbus took responsibility for operating a defective plane, even though, this problem with the computer system of the plane was well known to the pilots. So basically, how can we believe the air companies or the prosecutors? It's all about the money, no matter how you look at it. Money to change plane's equipments, money for the relatives of the victims, money for research of new technologies. Why give them, when you can not give them?
5. Finally, after the crash, we saw 3 presidents gather and make public statements and vows to discover the truth. We saw politicians from all around the world sending condolences etc to Spain and Germany.
What about the tragedy in Kenya? 147 people DEAD just 2 days before Easter. Why nobody cares about those young people who died in this terroristic act? Don't they deserve our condolences and sympathy. How hypocritical of us is to be sympathetic for dead Germans and Spaniards, but not to care about the people dead over (or in) Ukraine, Kenya, Niger, Syria, Yemen? Since when sympathy depends on the color of the skin? Because if it is about the number of victims, each of those places have at least as many victims. And unlike a possibly suicidal pilot, which we cannot really stop, we can stop (or try to) all the other conflicts and reduce victims there. Yet, we call the plane crash a tragedy (which it is), but we don't seem to care about all the other tragedies, which we call "casualties in a conflict". How horrible is that?
In conclusion: I feel really affected and upset by Germanwings plane crash. Both because I fly a lot and also, because all those people who died and their relatives, they deserved better. But we need to ask the right questions. What could we have done better to prevent this? Who's responsible for not doing it? How can we enforce that party to act? How can we improve safety for everyone? And finally, why don't we mourn all the victims around the world, but only those who are close to us? Is this fair? Is this human?
P.S. An interesting analysis on the crash. It's quite long and somewhat conspiracy theory oriented, but still, it's very interesting (if we exclude some quite wild statements). But still the remote-capture technology seems to exists.
It's quite long, but still, it's very interesting And also, one interesting article called "La jerarquía de la muerte: por qué nos volcamos con Germanwings, pero nos olvidamos de Kenia"(The hierarchy of death: why we turn to Germanwings,but we forgot to Kenya).