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Mar 26, 2015

The Germanwings Air Crash Tragedy

The Germanwings Air Crash Tragedy

Two days ago a Germanwings airplane was reported missing over the French Alps.
Mere hours later it was reported as crashed into those Alps. There was very little hope for the 150 people on board.
The big question was What happened? Did something mechanical fail, did the pilots make an error? The data recordings found on the black box gave us a quick and very disturbing answer.
As it turns out the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had locked himself in the cockpit when the pilot went for a toilet break, and steered the plane, carrying amongst others 16 students and two teachers from a school in Germany, straight into a mountain side.
Some would call it suicide, but we'll just call it murder.

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French Alpine rescue units gather on a field as they prepare to reach the crash site of an Airbus A320 JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS

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French Police and Gendarmerie Alpine rescue units gather on a field as they prepare to reach the crash site of an Airbus A320 JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS

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The entrance of the Germanwings headquarters is seen at Cologne Bonn airport WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and officials arrive by helicopter on a field next to the crash site of an Airbus A320 JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS

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French fire brigade rescue units gather in a field near a building as they prepare to reach the crash site of an Airbus A320 ROBERT PRATTA/REUTERS

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A student places a lit candle outside the Josef-Koenig-Gymnasium high school in Haltern am See KIRSTEN NEUMANN/REUTERS

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Germanwings employees place lit candles outside the company headquarters in Cologne Bonn airport WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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A police officer and a woman enter the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school in Haltern am See INA FASSBENDER/REUTERS

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Winkelmann, Managing Director of Germanwings, speaks to employees outside the company headquarters as they prepare to observe a minute of silence in Cologne Bonn airport WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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Debris from crashed Germanwings Airbus A320 are seen in the mountains, near Seyne-les-Alpes POOL/REUTERS

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Debris from crashed Germanwings Airbus A320 are seen in the mountains, near Seyne-les-Alpes POOL/REUTERS

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Debris from crashed Germanwings Airbus A320 are seen in the mountains, near Seyne-les-Alpes POOL/REUTERS

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Debris from crashed Germanwings Airbus A320 are seen in the mountains, near Seyne-les-Alpes POOL/REUTERS

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A black box from the German Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget Airbus A320 crash is seen in this photo released by the BEA HANDOUT/Reuters

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A black box from the German Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget Airbus A320 crash is seen in this photo released by the BEA HANDOUT/Reuters

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A teddy bear wearing a shirt with the word "flight attendant" is placed outside the Germanwings headquarters at Cologne Bonn WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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A photo released by the French Interior Ministry shows debris at the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes HANDOUT/REUTERS

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A photo released by the French Interior Ministry shows debris at the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes HANDOUT/REUTERS

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A photo released by the French Interior Ministry shows debris at the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes HANDOUT/REUTERS

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A woman writes in a book of condolences in Duesseldorf airport WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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France's President Holland, Spain's PM Rajoy and German Chancellor Merkel walk on a field near the crash site of Germanwings Airbus A320 near Seyne-les-Alpes HANDOUT/REUTERS

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A detail shows the tag on a sealed container holding the black box flight recorder from the German Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget Airbus A320 crash is seen in this photo released by the BEA HANDOUT/Reuters

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Debris is seen in this aerial view of the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes EMMANUEL FOUDROT/REUTERS

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Remi Jouty, President of France's Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses BEA, attends a press conference at the French Investigation and Analyze Office (BEA) headquarters in Le Bourget near Paris CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS

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German Chancellor Merkel, French President Hollande and Spain's Prime Minister Rajoy pay respect to victims in front of the mountain in Seyne-les-Alpes POOL/REUTERS

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People stand in front of candles at the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school in Haltern am See INA FASSBENDER/REUTERS

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Members of the media present live coverage on a field during a search and rescue operation near to the crash site of an Airbus A320, in Seyne-les-Alpes JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS

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The house believed to belong to crashed Germanwings flight 4U 9524 co-pilot Lubitz is pictured in Montabaur RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERS

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Undated file picture of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz STRINGER/REUTERS

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A Germanwings employee has a black ribbon attached to his costume in Cologne Bonn airport WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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A coach transporting family members and relatives of the victims is escorted by French Gendarmes as they arrive in Seyne-les-Alpes near to the crash site of an Airbus A320 in the French Alps JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS

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French gendarmes and investigators, seen in this picture released by the French Interior Ministry, make their way through debris from wreckage on the mountainside at the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes HANDOUT/REUTERS

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French gendarmes and investigators, seen in this picture released by the French Interior Ministry, make their way through debris from wreckage on the mountainside at the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes HANDOUT/REUTERS

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A French gendarme, seen in this picture released by the French Interior Ministry March 26, 2015, makes his way through debris from wreckage on the mountainside at the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes HANDOUT/REUTERS

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French investigators, seen in a picture released by the French Interior Ministry, make their way through debris from wreckage on the mountainside at the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes HANDOUT/REUTERS

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Flags symbolizing the nationalities of the victims are seen as family members and relatives gather for a ceremony in Le Vernet near the crash site of an Airbus A320 in the French Alps ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

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French gendarmes, seen in this picture released by the French Interior Ministry, make their way through debris from wreckage on the mountainside at the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes HANDOUT/REUTERS

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A general view shows the arrival of the convoy with family members and relatives of the victims before a ceremony in Le Vernet near the crash site of an Airbus A320 in the French Alps ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

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A part of the wreckage of the Airbus A320 is seen at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes EMMANUEL FOUDROT/REUTERS

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French gendarmes and investigators work amongst the debris of the Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps EMMANUEL FOUDROT/REUTERS

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French gendarmes and investigators work amongst the debris of the Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps EMMANUEL FOUDROT/REUTERS

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Wreckage of the Airbus A320 is seen at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes EMMANUEL FOUDROT/REUTERS

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French gendarmes and investigators make their way through the debris of the Airbus A320 at the site of the crash near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps EMMANUEL FOUDROT/REUTERS

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