Holy mother of god… this changes everything.
If it’s true that the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight did in fact intentionally fly the plane into a mountain, then the world truly has gone amok. Taking his solemn duty to fly 150 passengers to safety — but killing them all in cold blood.
This seems even one step beyond the lone gunman shooting up an elementary school. The pilot has our trust — it’s an avoidable element of everyday life. If not in airplanes, then on trains, buses… Random drivers on the highway could go rogue and commit suicide by crashing into other drivers… It’s so pedestrian, and so unavoidable, it’s truly eerie. (Whereas the lone gunman scenario is more freakishly unreal — equally as damaging, of course, but less threatening to the social fabric as we know it.)
Will flying ever feel the same again?
Will there be copy-cat suicides of this nature?
How on earth do they evaluate pilots for this anyway? I mean, do they have any reliable way of weeding out trainees who might do this? They apparently only test pilots when they get hired, so it’s entirely possible that they go rogue later, too.
If the world is slowly going insane, then this is proof positive that we’re all in it together. We can put giant tubes of metal up in the air and transport hundreds of people around the globe in them, but it’s all only as safe as the crazy m-f behind the wheel!