When word came out about how the Germanwings jetliner crashed into the French Alps, well, it defies even the most vivid imagination.
One hundred fifty people died because the co-pilot of the jetliner decided to crash it.
Andreas Lubitz was the 28-year-old aviator who locked the captain of the bird out of the flight deck. He then set the altitude meter to 100 feet, causing the plane to crash into the rugged French mountains.
As my uncle said today at lunch, “If the guy wanted to kill himself, why didn’t he just do it first … and see what happened after that?”
This one defies one’s understanding of just about anything I can imagine.
Lubitz decided to take 149 victims with him to his death.
The on-board electronics equipment has given investigators a treasure trove of information and data about what happened.
None of that, though, assuages the grief of the family members of the passengers and crew aboard the plane that was en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.
A curious world is waiting to learn what on God’s Earth caused the young man to commit such mass murder.
And one international air carrier, Air Canada, has just mandated that two flight officers are to be on the flight deck at all times.
Let’s hope other carriers follow suit with measures that seek to prevent future tragedies.