Friday, March 27, 2015

German Airbus crashed in France

Another tragedy. German Airbus 320 airplane flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crushed on March 24, 2015.

This aircraft belongs to Germanwings, a subsidiary LCC company of Lufthansa, a famous airline company in Germany.

The Guardian: German Airbus A320 plane crashes in French Alps

The aircraft carrying 144 passengers and 6 crews fell into France Alps. There are no survivors found in spite of active searching. Recently, a black box was salvaged and now been investigated. I pray for the victims.

The reason of the crash is yet to be proven. Some media reported the possibility that a co-pilot made intentionally the plane crashed. It seems to be the opinion of the French prosecutor. There is no declaration of terrorists so far.

BBC: Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane'

If it is true, this accident is caused by only a person. It is quite unlikely that a person make a decision about suicide, or homicide, all at once. What was in the mind of the co-pilot?

In Japan, there is a similar case In 1982, an airplane of JAL crashed into the sea near to Haneda airport because of the manipulation by the pilot, leading to the death of 24 people. This pilot was revealed to have been suffering from active delusion due to schizophrenia. He was not prosecuted for the reason of insanity.

It is unclear whether the co-pilot had some mental disorders. But, I am concerned about the management of health status of the pilots. Low-Cost Carriers are adherent to a strict standard of the safety as the same as flagship carriers. However, it is possible that they are less concerned about the health status of the employees, because they have members only just enough to manage the work.

My past entry: A particular reason for delay in LCC

Another concern is the matter of the control tower. The issued aircraft was flying in the sky. An autopilot system seemed to be working. When the co-pilot turned it off, is there no solution to avoid his destructive manipulation? Whether this tragedy is intentional or accidental, such cases can occur again. Further development of technology can prevent the next one, I expect.


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