On Tuesday morning of March 24, a Germanwings flight crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 souls on board. Within minutes, the news rapidly circulated around the world via the media. Then, crushingly, the allegations began to leak out that it was actually the co-pilot who deliberately crashed the airplane, news that shocked and devastated the international airline community. Moreover, it angered most of the air traveling public. How, they wondered, could this have happened?
In a tragic reversal of the old iconic image of the heroic pilot, a solid and dependable source of safety for passengers under his/her protection, a Germanwings co-pilot allegedly and inexplicably became the source of destruction.