This crash should never have happened
A novel written last year about the disappearance of Malaysian 370 predicted how the systems designed to lock terrorists out of cockpits can be turned into a weapon enabling a rogue pilot to take over an aircraft.
Had this warning been heeded, Germanwings 9525 need never have happened.
The book is called All Right Good Night, and it is available from Amazon in both print and Kindle formats:
The following excerpt from the book shows the chilling predictions written by Oliver Howard and published in June 2014. Howard is a US Airline Transport Pilot with 18 years of international flying in General Aviation. He has flown in most parts of the world, including many remote regions and oceanic crossings, and has first hand experience of most of what he describes.
Having sent his co-pilot off on a comfort break, the pilot reaches down to the console and hesitates briefly before he switches the cockpit door lock selector from AUTO to DENY. That disables the keypad outside the flight deck door and locks him safely inside.
He knows he is now safe behind a door built to resist terrorist attacks. Everything else on an aircraft is made from plastic or aluminium to be as light as possible, but since 9/11 cockpit doors have been constructed to withstand sustained, violent attack. There is nothing on board that can break down that door or its steel frame.
Should anyone attempt to get through, he’ll have plenty of ways to fight back. A few violent manoeuvres would be enough to stop anyone working to break down the door. It doesn’t take much to hurt people who are not strapped in, and he has a whole armoury of aerobatics he can use to effectively turn the aircraft into a huge truncheon and batter any attacker to incapacity, oblivion or death.
The hammering on the door starts shortly after. The pilot's heart jumps at the first loud crashes and his instinct is to make a few violent manoeuvres to stop his attackers in their tracks, but he waits with his hands on the controls, ready for a sharp dive which will plaster any intruder across the cockpit ceiling should the door give in, but nothing happens.
The pounding continues and changes in character from time to time as people on the other side clearly try to break down the door with whatever they can find, but he sees not the smallest sign of any effect. He can hardly see the door shake, even under the most violent blows.
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