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Post 16881

Icy North

Absolutely. That's stuff for the manager's half-time team talk, not the press conference.

This was the best 6 Nations for years, especially for England.


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Post 16882

Maria


A Spanish man who has lost his wife, daughter and granddaughter in the recent plane crash in the Alps, has thanked heartfeltly to the french people in the area for their solidarity and generosity, to all the professionals involved, specially to the public prosecutor of Marseille for his kindness with the relatives, for his way of informng them first in the most sensitive way.

French people and authorities are doing the best in these hard moments.

RIP smiley - rose


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Post 16883

Maria

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/27/depression-germanwings-tragedy-pilot-andreas-lubitz-mental-health?CMP=fb_gu


"Pilot Andreas Lubitz might have suffered from depression, but that doesn’t explain what he did. We are at risk of further demonising those with mental health problems"

It´s not because of his depression, it is because he was a callous, selfish person.


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Post 16884

Icy North

It's an interesting argument as to how evil he was compared to how ill he was, and whether there can be any justification.

It's also interesting how details emerged of how he had suffered depression before, during his training, but had been cured.

Lots of things to learn from this one.


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Post 16885

You can call me TC (wearing midnight)

A listener on the radio here had an interesting theory.

They had heard that he started to learn to fly (gliders) when he was 14. He was 28 when he crashed. Counting on your fingers, you will notice that this crucial time of his life, when he decided to start flying, coincided with the 9-11 crashes, which must have made a huge impression on pubescent boys of a certain disposition, and could well have planted a seed of an idea that became an obsession.

He was probably, as Maria says, selfish, in that he just wanted to see what happened, like those 10-12-year-old boys who push tree
trunks on to railway tracks "to see what happens".

If so, it was certainly a daft idea, to say the least.


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Post 16886

Icy North

I'm not convinced, as it appears he simply nose dived into the nearest mountain - he didn't attempt to aim at a specific target as the 9/11 guys did.

I'm no mental health expert, but it would seem on the face of it a quick and convenient way to end it all.


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Post 16887

Khal Drogo's ponytail

Pure speculation, but the mountains he hit were in the same area he learned to fly in gliders, reportedly.


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Post 16888

Yelbakk

He had no control over where this accident/suicide/incident would happen. Nor if it would happen at all. The events as they played out depended on the captain leaving the cockpit. This could have happened anywhere, or not at all.

Interesting is the time factor here. Apparently the rapid-descent command was given immediately after the captain closed the door. Not a moment of hesitation, of consideration, of thinking it all through. The plan must have been in is head fully formed, and possibly for a long time. Then, when the opportunity arises, he sets everything in motion in no time.

The reports say you can hear him breathing normally, no panting, no increased breath rate... as if he had trained for it - but of course, that is most definitely speculation!

Also, if I understand things correctly, the override switch to keep the door locked even if the right code has been entered on the outside has to be toggled again and again every time the code is punched in. (There may be waiting period, however.) That means that the co-pilot needs to have been fully aware to the end; he can't have blacked out or something.

Y.


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Post 16889

hammondorgan

If the guy was depressed and suicidal he could have killed himself and not involved anyone else, as unfortunately many people do every day. The abuse of his position and contempt for the lives of these poor passengers, to whom it was his responsibility to get to their destination safely, suggest a sadistic psychopathic personality totally manipulating his position of power to wantonly kill others, total evil.


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Post 16890

Yelbakk

hammondorgan, I tend to agree. When news came out of the chain of events as we seem to understand them today, one thought jumped into my mind at once: narcissist personality.


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Post 16891

Peanut

'If the guy was depressed and suicidal he could have killed himself and not involved anyone else, as unfortunately many people do every day'


I don't think though if he had been suicidal that he would have been applying that rationale.


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Post 16892

ITIWBS

Punishing the larger world is often very much a part of the rationale for suicide, if only by means of forcing the innocent to clean up the mess aftetward.


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Post 16893

Khal Drogo's ponytail

Of all sites, I didn't expect this one to be the most judgmental about the mentally ill.


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