Dutch Pilot Before Germanwings Tragedy: I Wonder Who Is Sitting Next to Me?
"How can I be sure that I can trust him?" wrote a prophetic Jan Cocheret
Not even two months before the March 24 Germanwings tragedy in the French Alps, a Dutch pilot wrote in a flight publication that security measures designed to keep terrorists from taking over an aircraft could do nothing to protect a pilot from his or her co-pilot.
“I seriously sometimes wonder who’s sitting next to me in the cockpit,” Jan Cocheret, a Boeing 737 pilot, wrote in the magazine Pilot and Plane, according to the U.K. newspaper the Telegraph.
“I hope I never find myself in the situation where I go to the toilet and return to find a cockpit door that won’t open,” he wrote.
That’s exactly what prosecutors say happened last week, when Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 28, locked his co-pilot out of the cockpit, disabled the security code so he couldn t get back in and crashed the plane.
Cocheret’s words now seem almost like an eerie prediction: His article laid out exactly what investigators think happened in the Germanwings tragedy.
“How can I be sure that I can trust him?” Cocheret wrote, referring to his co-pilot. “Perhaps something terrible has just happened in his life and he’s unable to overcome it.”
After the crash, Cocheret wrote on his Facebook page, “Unfortunately, this terrible scenario has become reality,” according to a translation by the Telegraph.