White House Says At This Time There Is No Nexus To Terrorism In Deliberate Germanwings Crash

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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told CNN that according to French authorities there is no nexus to terrorism at this time in the deliberate crashing of the Germanwings airliner by the co-pilot that killed 150 people in France.

CNN’s Kate Bolduan asked Earnest if the crash was terrorism. The Press Secretary answered, “Right now, the French authorities are the ones that have the lead in this investigation, and the United States at a range of levels have been in touch with their French counterparts to offer any needed assistance that’s necessary. At this point in the investigation, based on what we know now, there is no nexus to terrorism, but obviously this is something they’re going to explore and examine to find out what exactly happened. But there’s no doubt that these early reports that we are hearing is chilling.”

The keywords in Earnest’s answer were at this time. We may never know why co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to destroy the plane and kill everyone on board. The evidence makes it clear that the fatal accident was an intentional act.

The BBC reported:

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, citing information from the “black box” voice recorder, said the co-pilot was alone in the cockpit.

He intentionally started a descent while the pilot was locked out.

Mr Robin said there was “absolute silence in the cockpit” as the pilot fought to re-enter it.

He said air traffic controllers made repeated attempts to contact the aircraft, but to no avail. Passengers could be heard screaming just before the crash, he added.

The co-pilot had a perfect flying record, but this incident highlights the fact that there is no two person rule in place in Europe or the United States. The is no rule that a person who leaves the cockpit must be replaced by another member of staff. This is how the co-pilot was able to be alone after the pilot left.

This type of fatal accident is the worst nightmare of both passengers and airlines. Every time a person flies they trust their life to the staff who are flying the plane. The vast vast majority of pilots and staff are extremely competent and professional individuals. Flying remains extremely safe.

People always look for an explanation in order to make sense of a senseless act like the Germanwings crash. Terrorism would not be comforting, but it would help people to understand and make sense of what happened, but, in this case, there may never be 100% certainty as to why Andreas Lubitz decided to kill himself and 149 other people.

19 Replies to “White House Says At This Time There Is No Nexus To Terrorism In Deliberate Germanwings Crash”

  1. He was well passed clinical depression and suicidal, or he was a terrorist. I can’t see any other way they can explain it. My money would be on terrorism.

  2. There’s also the possibility the co-pilot had a seizure or some other medical mishap and passed out.

    We should wait and let authorities conduct a thorough investigation.

  3. From what I have read the co-pilot was recorded on the cockpit voice recorder breathing naturally and they heard the pilot banging on the door trying to get in

  4. Really? Not terrorism? Tell that to the 149 victims families as their loved ones plunged horrifically to their death.

  5. Such a horrible tragedy, especially since Lufthansa has such a remarkable record for safety. However now that the White House has made a statement regarding the crash you know damned well that some asswipe from the right is going to somehow blame this on Obama or his intelligent common sense foreign policy.

  6. They never said it wasn’t terrorism, they said that they don’t know the reason at this time and are continuing to investigate.

  7. They’re saying that he overroad the pilot’s efforts to regain access through the keypad on the outside of the door. Sounds strange.

  8. Evidently it’s never “terrorism” unless it’s Mooslamic. You wait, though. I bet we’re looking at a McVeigh.

  9. ztime, For sure there was terror for all involved, however the “ism” has yet to be determined. It’s all about nuance.

  10. You are wrong about the cockpit rules in the US. My husband is a retired Delta Air Lines pilot (Jan 2015) and he was required by FAA and his company’s rules to call a flight attendant into the cockpit before he exited to use the rest room.

  11. He put an five minute override on the cockpit door so the pilot outside could not punch in the code to open the door. To me that means he did it on purpose.
    And the US does have rules regarding pilots being outside the cockpit. My husband, a retired Delta Air Lines pilot, had to call a flight attendant in to sit by the door while he was out using the restroom. If European carriers followed this rule, the FA could have opened the door and let the other pilot in and this terrible tragedy would gave been averted.

  12. Looking at it from the viewpoint of the victims/families. What does it matter if one suicidal idiot is responsible or someone part of a large extremist religious network is? Yes, we want to know, but it won’t matter. I know why the plane my brother was on crashed, but that knowledge didn’t help. Maybe this wasn’t terrorism in the current day use of the word, but it sure as hell was to those involved.

  13. Don’t rule out the white supremacy movement, which has increasingly gone international. Back with cite.

  14. Evidently, the site of the crash was not far off from a nuclear reactor cite, though there is nothing to show that the latter was deliberately targeted.

  15. There has been demands for a three person cockpit rule for some time.

    But as always- corporations are cutting corners on safety and fight such.

    By the by- were you aware that American Railroad companies want to cut down the personnel who run trains down to 1?

  16. Now that it’s been known that he had mental issues, I wonder two things here…

    1.) Why was so adamantly against getting help for depression? You can live a normal life by getting help for it, you don’t have to do the whole ‘tough guy’ routine you know.

    2.) Why he did what he did? I don’t see terrorism as the reason… it could be possible that he wanted a way out of his depression and that was his only exit. It’s shameful that he took everyone else on that flight with him.

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