Andres Lubitz News 2015: The Worst Questions Tweeted About The Germanwings Plane Crash
If you're at all following the recent disaster of the Germanwings flight crashing into the French Alps earlier this week, then you (like most everyone else) are probably at the edge of your seat now that investigators have officially declared that the cause was intentional.
Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has been described by Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, who was citing the data and recordings recovered from the flight's black box, as having deliberately started the plane's descent midflight. Robin noted to reporters that "it appears that the reason was to destroy this plane."
Lubitz, according to Robin's comments to the press, appears to have locked out the pilot after he had briefly left the cockpit to presumably go to the restroom. The official also added that the pilot, who so far has only been named as "Patrick S.," can be heard trying to reenter the flight deck in the moments leading up to the crash, along with the screams of passengers just before impact. 144 people are reported to have died in the crash.
In the aftermath of such tragedy, even with this new information, plenty of questions remain. Thankfully CNN, whose main ratings model seems to have become dependent on air disasters since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, launched the hashtag #germanwingsQs on Twitter to create a more interactive infotainment experience with the news network arranging to have the questions answered by experts on air. The hashtag has instead become a catchall for the general public's queries about the tragedy from the conspiratorial to the philosophical and the truly odd. Below are a few choice selections of some of the craziest questions and theories that people tweeted. Enjoy.
People Wanting to Know if Lubitz Was Muslim
— Bob (@POPSHOTS) March 26, 2015
@CNN #GermanwingsQs is the pilot Muslim? — Secular Fraud (@SecularFraud) March 26, 2015
People Asking Why There Are No Bathrooms in Cockpits
Why isn't there a bathroom within the cockpit? #germanwingsqs — Caroline (@Caroline221B) March 26, 2015
#GermanwingsQs why is there not a bathroom in the cockpit for the pilots use only. — Sandra Dee (@Sandan42) March 26, 2015
Why doesn’t anyone put the bathroom in the cockpit? #germanwingsQs — Stede Troisi (@StedeTroisi) March 26, 2015
People Think Control Towers Should Be Able to Fly Planes Remotely
what about #control #tower taking #control of plane and have constant monitoring #germanwingsqs@cnn — COMPASSION 4 ANIMALS (@goodhorsekeeper) March 26, 2015
An aircraft should be able to be controlled from the ATC tower I case of emergency. Don't you think so? #GermanwingsQs — Edu Osorio (@mtbfreeride) March 26, 2015
#germanwingsQs Does control tower have access to plane while in flight. If not this option should be implemented ASAP. — blondelle (@knowthetruth50) March 26, 2015
People Who Want Security Cameras in the Cockpit
Why no cameras? Streaming flight data? HELLO? There's WiFi on most flights. Victim families don't deserve this lack of info. #GermanwingsQs — Ida B.row Wells (@JenJamesBeauty) March 26, 2015
Why don't planes have cameras in the cock pit or on the plane at all for that matter, to monitor? Especially after 9/11. #germanwingsQs — Brothers In Theory (@BITbandMI) March 26, 2015
#germanwingsQS: Isn't it possible that someone else (perhaps via 1st class) gained access to the cabin or does black box sound belie this?
— D'Reggae Muffin (@Islandbronze) March 26, 2015
#germanwingsQs is it possible for pilots to change the seats, and therefore creating a conspiracy as to who actually crashed the plane? — Tony CioLi (@TonyCioLi) March 26, 2015
@CNN There's still the chance a "third man" could become the culprit. No? Simply no guarantees. #GermanwingsQs — Duane Palmore (@YouKnoTheVoice) March 26, 2015
Is there a possibility the plane was hacked, and that the co pilot was framed? #germanwingsQs — the big steez (@TBentvena) March 26, 2015
...And This Guy
@andersoncooper 2 person cockpit. Pilot & dog. Pilot feeds the dog. Dog keeps Pilot from touching controls. #GermanwingsQs — Doug Arens (@DougArens) March 26, 2015