WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WWLP/AP)- French authorities say the Germanwings Flight 9525 that had taken off from Spain and was bound for Germany was intentionally crashed.
“Initial reaction is to pray you know for the family members, because this is a great loss and it’s a terrible thing to happen,” Marta Ortego, of New Britain Connecticut said.
Screams were heard on the retrieved audio recording of some of the 144 passengers and six crew members who were killed in the crash. Many travelers 22News spoke with at Bradley International Airport said it can be frightening to know that so few crew members are in charge of so many lives on one plane, but there are only so many safety precautions that airlines can take.
French authorities say the co-pilot, 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz had locked the pilot out of the cockpit and appeared to intentionally send the plane into its doomed descent.
Corey Osborne, of Fort Wayne, Indiana said, “It does change perspective being that it is the co-pilot that put it down. I’m not sure what the security parameters are on screening them. I would hope they are a little different on American Airlines versus International Airlines, but who’s to know.”
22News spoke with Frank Loeffler, of Dartmouth New Hampshire, who said he’s been a flight instructor since the 80’s. And while he says the screening levels are extensive, there’s only so much that can be done. “To reach that level of confidence and by the time you go through all the bells and whistles and qualification procedures I don’t think the stress level is particularly high. This particular pilot I guess he was only 28-years-old and he obviously had some personal problems that nobody detected.”
Lufthansa, the company that owns Germanwings said Lubitz had been with them since 2013 and had completed 630 hours of flight time.