Bad enough that they follow Fox News Headlines, but Fox never addressed the possibility that the co-pilot was insane or a terrorist.
By Jeff Koopersmith
26 March 2015 WASHINGTON DC – It is disturbing enough that cable news has surrendered to the measly talents of Rodger Ailes and Fox News – following their outrageous “Breaking News” items (three of fours days old) like a baby in a wet diaper, but this does not mean – “Stop Thinking” – it means PLEASE THINK – and tell the truth, and the possible, and potential.
Highest on the list this week is sickly slick and off-the -cuff coverage of the 150 some odd people killed in an “unexplained” air crash in the French Alps.
The first thing I did was wonder about the possibility that terrorism was involved. With one shot, terrorists from the Middle East could hit four of the biggest NATO nations – the USA, France, Spain, and Germany – killing innocent men women and children on the steep slopes of a heretofore unnamed mountain.
I tweeted this possibility long before anyone else as far I can determine two days ago – yet it took more than 48 hours before editors in newsrooms across this nation had the guts to discuss this – only in 5-10 second bites and then move on to all the other – didn’t-make-any-sense ideas from so-called experts on aviation. Today they actually “dared” to tell the story of the co-pilot that killed them all.
Only when the cockpit microphone tapes were heard did anyone realize or contemplate that this was no ordinary plane accident – if there is such a thing. Here was a thus-far unvetted pilot with little experience and a German sounding name who intentionally locked the cabin door and threw the no-penetrate switch at the same time leaving the commanding pilot out in the aisle smashing whatever he could get hold of to bash down that door.
Let me add here that such a switch is a moronic idea in the first instance. Couldn’t the geniuses designing these solid doors anticipated that one of the crew could be a terrorist or just plain insane? Haven’t they watched enough NCIS or Criminal Minds programs to cultivate such horrible imaginings?
What should have been done just after 911 was to give crew-members a third code – perhaps shared half-and-half between senior crew members (one set of numbers for each) that would override the final switch that kept this captain standing in pain and shaking in vain trying desperately to save those poor people who most likely saw it coming.
Yes, I can visualize is – can’t you?
Such a final switch flip is needed when the enemy is outside the cockpit doors trying to get in. But no one thought about the enemy already in the cockpit?
What a terrible waste of life – due primarily from the thoughtlessness of aircraft and security engineers.
And in the end – what difference does it make if only a third code – known specially just to pilots was the answer? That could have saved all these souls.
Think people think.
And you sleepy news editors – you have some smart people – even the on-air-personalities. Talk with them when something like this happens. One of them might have offered that a co-pilot-gone-nuts was a primary consideration – not the last.