Some pilots choose a crazy way to commit suicide.
On Sunday morning 26 September 1976 pilot Vladimir Serkov has sent the an-2 aircraft without passengers in a five-storey residential building located at Stepnaya street, house 43/1. The collision and ensuing fire killed 11 people, including pilot. During the investigation it was established that in the house lived the wife Serkova that shortly before the tragedy left him and took the baby.
Suicide among pilots, though rare, but still happen. Over the last 30 years only in the USA at least 44 pilot tried to commit suicide, deliberately sending their planes into the ground. According to the materials of the investigation the National safety Board (NTSB), the pilot-suicides were male and most of them were acutely conscious of parting with girls or wives, or they had problems with the law.
Andreas Lubitz, flight 9525 Germanwings
1. Andreas Lubitz
9525 flight took off at 10:01 on 24 March 2015 from Barcelona and headed for düsseldorf. On Board the “Airbus A320” there were 144 passengers and six crew members. They all died in the crash. The plane began to descend from the assigned altitude of 11 kilometers at 10:31. Communication with the airliner was lost at an altitude of about two miles in 10:40.
The data transponder of the aircraft showed that the autopilot was programmed to decrease to 30 meters. The attention of investigators focused on 27-year-old second pilot Andreas Lubitz, who was locked in the cockpit with the clear intention to send the plane into the ground.
German Bild has published decoding of negotiations of pilots of the flight, from which it is clear that shortly after takeoff Lubitz was left in the cabin alone. Captain Patrick Soundengineer complained that he was not able to go to the toilet before takeoff and after class tier and standard check Andreas Lubitz said the captain: “you Can go now.” Soundengineer gave him control of the plane and left the cabin.
Some time later on the recording you hear a loud Bang, and then the cry of the captain: “Open the door, for God’s sake!” After the screams go bump allegedly a crowbar or an axe at the door. The plane continues to decrease, the system sounds an automatic alert: “Earth rise!” The captain again tries to shout: “Open the damn door!” behind the screams of the passengers. Finally, the wing of the Airbus touches the mountains, and the recorder records the sound of the destruction of the aircraft.
The exact motives of Lubitch is still not determined, but German investigators said that the pilot was concealed from the airline of their disease, and in the day of the disaster in his apartment found a torn sick leave. Andreas was very concerned about the deterioration of vision and highly experienced separation with my girlfriend. Also the doctors confirmed that the pilot completed a course of psychotherapy to get a license.
Lubitz passed the annual medical examination last summer. The official representative of the Lufthansa, whose subsidiary is Germanwing, said that such surveys do not provide psychological testing of pilots.
Jamil El Battuti, EgyptAir flight 990 (1991)
2. Broken “the Boeing-767” airlines EgyptAir
There is still no exact answer, what happened on 31 October 1991, when EgyptAir flight 990 crashed in international waters, killing 218 people. The subsequent investigation by the National safety Board concluded that the cause of the disaster became intentional actions of the second pilot, but Egyptian investigators have found evidence of a fatal mechanical failure.
The second pilot of the flight, Jamil El Battuti completely controlled the plane at the very moment when he leaned over at 40 degrees. To such conclusion the national Council of transport safety at the end of the investigation. Also, according to the voice recorder of the flight, when the captain El Habashi returned to the cockpit, he tried unsuccessfully to stop the decline of the aircraft, but El Battuti prevented this abrupt shutting down of the engines.
On torn the ribbon of the Registrar were the last words El Battuti: “I surrender my fate in the hands of Allah.” Later it became known that the pilot is likely to have committed suicide, taking with them 217 are with him on Board.
Having studied the conclusions of the Committee of investigation of civil aviation of Egypt, the American journalist William Languish wrote: “the population of this country a completely different way of thinking. It seemed to me that they knew that El Battuti committed suicide. But they pursued their goals, their insights and reports dictated from above, but this country is very autocratic power and unquestioning obedience to superiors. Entered the order, perhaps even from the President Mubarak, and they could not admit that El Battuti deliberately sent the plane into the water. So they insisted on a technical problem”.
Herminio DOS Santos Fernandes, flight 470 “Mozambique airlines” (2013)
3. Broken “Embraer-190” “Mozambican airlines”
Two years before the tragedy Germanwings very similar accident occurred in Mozambique. The voyage of the “Mozambican airlines” crashed with 33 people on Board. Captain Herminio DOS Santos Fernandes had autopilot on programmirovanie fall.
29 Nov 2013 flight TM470 crashed in the swamps of the national Park Bwabwata during regular flight to Angola. Killed 27 passengers from Mozambique, Angola, Portugal, France, Brazil and China, as well as all six crew members.
DOS Santos Fernandes locked himself in the cockpit, did not respond to warning signals on-Board systems and would not let the second pilot back before Embraer 190 collided with the ground. On-Board recorders with three fixed hand height change from 11 000 to 180 metres, and then below the horizon, the speed of the aircraft was also changed three times. The brake flap has been completely released and remained in that position until the end, and this means that the captain disconnected the autopilot and controlled the aircraft before the collision. But his motives remained unknown.
TSU Wai Ming, SilkAir flight 185 (1997)
4. “Boeing 737” that crashed over the island of Sumatra
The SilkAir flight MI185 took off from Jakarta at 15:23 local time on 19 December 1997 and moved to Singapore. The weather was clear, the plane was almost new. At the height of 10 600 meters over the island of Sumatra, “Boeing 737” suddenly lowered the nose and began high-speed dive until it fell into the river. All 104 people on Board were killed.
The plane crashed into the ground with such force that the largest piece of the fuselage was no longer than three meters. Rescuers recovered only fragments of bodies. the Investigation found that the cockpit voice recorder and the plane’s flight recorder was disabled prior to the fall.
The national Committee of transportation safety led the investigation with the Indonesian authorities. The Commission found that in a steep dive, the aircraft was sent himself TSU Wai Ming. The investigation revealed serious financial problems of the captain: he took out a mortgage and shortly before the last flight is lost on the stock exchange a large sum of money and insure his life to save the family from ruin in case of death or disability. Insurance entered into force on 19 December — the day of the disaster.
Chris Fatso, the incident of “air Botswana” (1999)
5. Broken the plane of airline “air Botswana”
Chris Fatso, the pilot was suicidal, “air Botswana”, 11 October 1999, crashed his plane, killing almost the entire fleet of the airline.
Fatso flew into the airport named after Seretse ham, and hovered over him for nearly two hours. He contacted the dispatcher on the radio and said: “I’m going to kill myself”.
The pilot demanded that he be allowed to speak with the Vice President of Botswana Ian Khama and, according to General Manager of “air Botswana” Joshua Gailforce, intended to send a plane directly to the office of Vice-President. Thus Fatso wanted to settle scores with the leadership of the company. Dispatchers were able to convince the pilot that there are innocent people, and then Fatso sent the aircraft into two other ATR-42 standing on the runway.
Fatso was dismissed from the company for health reasons and sat behind the wheel illegally. “He was written off on the ground, as the doctors of “air Botswana” considered him incompetent,” said John Williams, commercial Director of the national carrier. Information from other sources, Fatso repeatedly warned the airport authorities that he was going to commit suicide.
After this incident, the fleet of “air Botswana” was virtually destroyed. The airline had only one aircraft BAe-146, which at the time was on the repair.
Seiji, Katagiri, flight 350 “Japanese airlines” (1982)
6. Aircraft of Japan airlines crashed in Tokyo Bay
In 1982, 35-year-old captain of Japan airlines Seiji Katagiri at landing have deliberately included the reverse of the engines, which led to a loss of height. 24 people were killed out of 174.
As it turned out during the investigation, at the time of landing Katagiri was in a poor condition and was screaming in the cockpit. He switched the traction on two of the three engines in the suicide attempt. The co-pilot and flight engineer tried to stop it and return control. However, despite all their efforts, the plane abruptly lost most of the lifting force and crashed into Tokyo Bay, it reached 300 meters to the runway.
Katagiri was the first who managed to get out of the sinking plane; to avoid liability, he told the rescuers that works office employee.
Later it became known that Katagiri was suffering from hallucinations and depression during the flight. He once called the police to his mansion in the suburbs of Tokyo, because they thought that he was being watched, but no listening devices and hidden cameras were found. Three times doctors sent him for psychiatric observation. In November 1980 he was treated for psychosomatic disorders, but again were allowed to fly. Katagiri was later accused of negligence and causing death by negligence, but the court found him guilty by reason of mental insanity.
Younes Khayati, flight 630 Royal Air Maroc (1994)
7. The crashed aircraft ATR-42-312
21 Aug 1994, a 32-year-old pilot, Royal Air Maroc Younes Khayati deliberately crashed ATR-42-312, killing 40 passengers and 4 crew members. The cause of the suicide pilot was a love failure.
The second pilot of the flight sent a distress signal, but was unable to keep his coworker from committing suicide. The last word co-pilot Sofia Fukugi before the collision with the ground was recorded by the voice recorder: “Help! Help! Captain…”
According to the report of the Commission of inquiry, Hayati disconnected the autopilot and sent the plane to the ground, which was a certain proof of a deliberate desire of the captain to commit suicide.
The plane crashed in the Atlas mountains, ten minutes after takeoff, the flight made a flight from Agadir to Casablanca. Among the dead were a US citizen, the Prince of Kuwait, and eight Italians.
Brian J. Hedglin, the incident at the airport in St George (2012)
8. The plane Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft
In 2012, Brian George. Hedglin, being under investigation on suspicion of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, stole a plane. Forty-year-old pilot brought the aircraft to the runway of the airport in St. George, Utah, began taking off, and then shot himself.
In the report of the police investigation said that Hedglin started to run, but the takeoff did not take place from-for refusal of brakes gear. The plane rolled across the lane and stopped. Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft touched the wing of the terminal building, demolished the fence and crushed half a dozen cars. Eyewitnesses said that while the ship was in motion, the pilot exited the cockpit into the cabin and shot himself in the head.
Hedglin was suspected of murdering his ex-girlfriend. Christina Cornejo, 39, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in his apartment in Colorado springs. Both of them, and Brian Hedglin and Christina Cornejo, served in the National guard of Colorado.
Vladimir Serkov, the incident at the airport of the North (1976)
9. Residential home, the victim of An-2 aircraft
Early in the morning of 26 September 1976, Vladimir Serkov has made an unauthorized takeoff of the An-2 from the Northern airport in Novosibirsk. Making a circle over the city at extremely low altitude, he sent his plane straight into a house.
An-2 crashed into the five-story building between third and fourth floors near the stairs, breaking a hole in the wall with a diameter of about two meters. The collision caused a fire that killed himself and 4 Serkov resident of this house.
During the investigation it became clear that in the house lived an ex-wife Serkova with their child. Apparently, the pilot decided to commit suicide and at the same time take revenge on his ex-wife. However, neither her, nor someone else who would be relevant to Serkovo, at that moment in the house was not.
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