One of the twitter feeds I've taken to following in recent months is that of AirLive.net. It carries all sorts of news about flights, flight diversions, and most sadly, crashes.
So, it was on tuesday that I learned of the crash of the Germanwings flight in the French Alps.
Naturally, there was initial speculation on what caused the crash.
AirLive.net, however, were on track with the true cause with a simple data figure:
A simple figure that experts (not me) interpreted as a controlled descent. At full speed, mind.
From that point on, it seemed to me, the eventual horrific explanation was inevitable.
I can't imagine how I would have reacted had I been a passenger. Especially when the sirens went off. I have to admire the pilot who, apparently, kept trying to break down the door until the end.
For many years, I have made it a point to say 'thank you' to whatever flight crew are standing by the door when we land and exit after a flight. I thank them because they have delivered me safely. More than ever, it seems appropriate to do so.
Contralto Maria Radner was on the flight.
Here she is singing Offenbach's "tu n'est pas beau".
May all those murdered in the crash rest in peace.
(I don't feel like extending that wish to the co-pilot)