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SCAPEGOAT: Is Germanwings Pilot Andreas Lubitz Being ‘Framed’ for French Alps Crash?

Shawn Helton
21st Century Wire

As the mainstream media continues to spin sensational theories regarding the latest high-flying tragedy involving Germanwings flight 9525 – media consumers must be very careful not to fall prey to over-the-top propaganda…

IMAGE: ‘Dark Skies’ – Investigators sort through the wreckage of Germanwings Flight 9525, in the rough terrain of the French Alps. Why are there no large sections of the fuselage seen in the debris? (Photo link mirror.co.uk)

The Art of Deception

The crash of Germanwings flight 9525, is the latest in series of recent aviation disasters, causing many to speculate what might have occurred on the Dusseldorf bound flight. After the initially flood of ‘official’ mainstream media conspiracy theories, it’s difficult to separate the bevy of circumstantial and speculative hyperbole – from actual hard evidence.


‘French Prosecutor’ Brice Robin.

The initial and main source of the current official narrative can be traced to what the western media refer to as “The French Proscecutor“, or Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin. At no time have the mainstream media ever questioned the veracity of Brice’s initial pre-investigation claims that sent the media following a very specific story line. In other words, before the bodies were cold, the case was already ‘solved’.

Following the crash, mainstream news agencies systematically engaged in what can only be described as a post-mortem ‘character assassination’ of Andreas Lubitz, the German-born co-pilot and First Officer of Germanwings flight 9525. Once again, this appears to be a case of trial by media, and a summary execution in the court of public opinion. Lubitz has been charged with deliberately crashing the Lufthansa owned aircraft prior to a full forensic investigation being completed.

After a sensationalized build-up over the apparent mental status of co-pilot Lubitz, authorities now state, that in the days leading up to the airline disaster, he had been accused of searching on the internet for “suicide methods” and “cockpit security” exactly one day prior to the Germanwings flight 9525 crash. In fact, mainstream media airwaves have been inundated with various and sundry theories about Lubitz.

What is most disconcerting however, are the disparaging talking points describing Lubitz, many of which have included blanket statements condemning him as a mass killer – without any hard evidence or due process. The most transparent attack on the character of Lubitz, was the concern over his religious and political beliefs, as well-known media talking heads were eager to attach the word ‘terror’ to the incident – revealing an all too familiar brand of politics.

Additional official conspiracy theories have cited that due to an apparent deteriorating eye-condition, Lubitz was plagued with anxiety about his future as a pilot, prompting media to carelessly wave this detail as a motive in the mass murder-suicide of 150 passengers and crew.

Even with all of the media hype and hyperbole regarding Lubitz, there is no definitive evidence proving he deliberately crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 into the French Alps.

The public should question why media outlets and investigators have solely focused on Lubitz, when there are many other real forensic factors to consider concerning the Germanwings disaster. Early reports have stated that the French military had deployed a Mirage fighter jet when the Germanwings plane allegedly was obscured from radar. However, as I noted in the days just after the MH370‘s apparent vanishing, it would have been highly improbable that Germanwings flight 9525 would not have been seen on radar as it was descending, as a ‘skin paint’ radar system would have detected the whereabouts of the commercial airliner, in addition to other tracking methods.

On March 31st, the UK’s Mirror, reported that, ex-schoolfriends have set up a Facebook campaign – which now has 4,000 likes – decrying the ‘witch hunt’ against (Lubitz) him.”

IMAGE: ‘Damaged Goods’ – Media image which is said to be the actual Germanwings flight 9525’s cockpit voice recorder. (Photo link theguardian.com)

There have been questions surrounding the flight’s two black box recorders, as well as other critical details associated with the crash, such as investigators obtaining “150 DNA profiles” of the plane’s victims, just one week after the crash, as stormy weather approached the French Alps.

Additionally, initial reports stated that French prosecutor Brice Robin explained how there was “absolute silence inside the cockpit,” and “Nothing, no word during the last 10 minutes” at a press conference on March 26th.

In a Wall Street Journal news release also on March 26th, it was revealed that authorities had already been able to listen to the first black box recorder found at the scene:

“Investigators succeeded in extracting usable data, including sounds and voices from the damaged black box, Rémi Jouty, director of France’s aviation accident investigation office told a news conference Wednesday in Le Bourget, outside Paris.”

Soon after this, a new piece of ‘evidence’ suddenly appeared. Bizarrely, both Germany’s Das Bild newspaper and French Paris Match magazine claimed to have viewed video footage obtained from a cell phone memory card that was ‘miraculously’ found among the charred and shattered debris at the Germanwings crash site. However, Lieutenant Colonel Jean-Marc Menichini, a French Gendarmerie in charge of the communications at the crash site, later told reporters the video was a hoax. But it was too late, the video narrative had already cascaded over global media.

News of the false video footage preceded information from the flight recorder which revealed that the plane “sped up upon descent”, something which might not be out of the ordinary if you factor in weather conditions, altitude and depressurization – but news outlets have erroneously viewed this as confirmation of the popular ‘Lubitz mass-murder suicide theory’.

You have to wonder how French authorities pieced the Germanwings crash scene together so quickly.

Additionally, could it be possible that the plane suffered some kind of mechanical failure that investigators have yet to determine or have overlooked?

Reports state that the Germanwings Airbus was quite an old model, even though it passed its recent inspection, as the Wall Street Journal noted here on March 25th:

“Airbus said the plane was delivered in 1991 to Lufthansa and had logged around 58,300 flight hours in some 46,700 flights.”

IMAGE: ‘Wild Tales’ – Andreas Lubitz, the German-born co-pilot and First Officer of Germanwings flight 9525. (Photo link ibtimes.com)

‘Uninterruptible’ Flight Control

It’s important to once again mention 21WIRE’s lengthy investigation into the history of avionics, following the questionable vanishing of Malaysian flight MH370, and the downing of MH17.

After extensively examining both the unprecedented disappearance of MH370 and the subsequent downing of MH17, certain details came to light regarding the history of the remote autopilot function installed within Boeing commercial airliners.

The Boeing 777 along with other Boeing and Airbus models, can in fact be flown remotely through the use of independent embedded hardware, software and satellite communications system. Once this advanced system is engaged, it can disallow any pilot or potential hijacker from controlling a plane, as the rooted set-up uses digital signals that communicate with air traffic control, satellite links, as well as other government entities operating a central control hun (located in the United States) for the remainder of a flight’s journey. 

This technology is known as the Boeing Honeywell ‘Uninterruptible’ Autopilot System, also refered to as BHUAP or BUAP.

IMAGE: The United States patent and schematics for the Boeing Honeywell Uninterruptible Autopilot dated November, 28th 2006 (Photo flightglobal.com)

On December 4th of 2006, it was announced that Boeing had won a patent on an uninterruptible autopilot system for use in commercial aircraft. Although this was the first public acknowledgment by Boeing about the existence of such an autopilot system, it is believed that the technology has been operation on many commercial aircraft from as early as the late 1980’s and as late as the mid 1990’s.

The ‘new’ autopilot patent was reported by John Croft for Flight Global, with the news piece subsequently linked by a Homeland Security News Wire and other British publications around the same time in 2006. According to the DHS news release, it was disclosed that “dedicated electrical circuits” within an onboard flight system could control a plane without the need of pilots, stating that the advanced avionics would fly the aircraft remotely, independently of those operating the plane:

The “uninterruptible” autopilot would be activated – either by pilots, by onboard sensors, or even remotely via radio or satellite links by government agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency, if terrorists attempt to gain control of a flight deck.”

The Flight Global news wire goes on to report that the uninterruptible autopilot system was designed for “increased security” in the event of a manual hijacking situation, as Boeing itself describes the feature as a preventative measure, keeping unauthorized persons out of a cockpit, setting the stage for an industry wide safety protocol:

There is a need in the industry for a technique that conclusively prevents unauthorised persons for gaining access to the controls of the vehicle and therefore threatening the safety of the passengers onboard the vehicle, and/or other people in the path of travel of the vehicle, thereby decreasing the amount of destruction individuals onboard the vehicle would be capable of causing.”

Additionally, in the article entitled, “Diagrams: Boeing patents anti-terrorism auto-land system for hijacked airliners,” Croft outlines the clandestine oversight that the US and partner governments have with respect to the uninterruptible autopilot, making note of the auto-land function of the system and stating that the technology has its own power supply, self-sufficient of any electrical systems on the plane:

To make it fully independent, the system has its own power supply, independent of the aircraft’s circuit breakers. The aircraft remains in automatic mode until after landing, when mechanics or government security operatives are called in to disengage the system.”

Although the information regarding the remote capabilities concerning Boeing were released in the 2006 DHS newswire, it wasn’t until retired military and commercial pilot, Field McConnell, launched a lawsuit against the FAA, NTSB and ALPA in February of 2007, did those specific modifications get pushed out into the open.

According to McConnell’s documents, Boeing is said to have stated that by end of 2009 all Boeing planes would be fitted with the BUAP – making them impossible to manually hijack within the plane but susceptible to remote control by the military, according the flight veteran.

McConnell has also stated that every airliner should now be classified as a ‘latent’ drone. Additionally, he has suggested that due to flight aviation regulations pilots have ‘unknowingly’ assumed legal responsibility for airliners outfitted with the BUAP system.

It’s important to remember that following the disappearance of MH370, media outlets and authorities were quick to place blame on the plane’s captain, Zaharie Shah, seemingly crafting a “suicide smear campaign” as described by the pilot’s family, while also manufacturing a terror narrative – that was later abandoned.

The mainstream media ignored much of the initial critical information that was revealed concerning the communication of the plane and its actual whereabouts according to eye witnesses in favor of a weak and unsubstantiated motive.

Perhaps the key element to keep in mind regarding the BUAP system – is that at any point during a flight, the plane’s controls can be seized remotely, subsequently overriding manual control.

Nudging BUAP Into Germanwings Story

As the narrative had already spun out of control regarding Germanwings pilot Lubitz following the crash, a Daily Mail article entitled,Why can’t airlines seize control of doomed jets from the ground?, emerged, revealing the largest mainstream media roll out, regarding the BUAP fly-by-wire technology. The article was released within 24 hours of the disaster, as if it had been ready to go for sometime. Here’s an excerpt that echoes Croft’s article from 2006:

“Manufacturers in Europe and America have worked on ways of creating a ‘hijack-proof’ aircraft. In 2006, Boeing was awarded a US patent for an ‘uninterruptible’ autopilot system.”

“This would allow pilots, ground controllers or security agencies such as the CIA to activate an automatic flight mode that cannot be turned off by anyone on board.”

“The system could also switch itself on if terrorists tried to fight their way into the cockpit, with pressure sensors on the door responding to excessive force.”

The Daily Mail piece could be seen as a way to preempt and ultimately ease questions concerning the BUAP system, while simultaneously priming the public for automated commercial airliners in the future. Similar reports advocating for a “remote control solution” appeared at exactly the same time on other media outlets, including CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

The existence of this technology can no longer be denied, along with other anti-hijack patents that have long been established in the field of aviation. The the establishment media are most fearful of here is the PR disaster which will ensue should the public ever connected the BUAP system with the events of Sept 11, 2001 – eventually demanding answers as to why the BUAP was not engaged during any other the alleged hijacked passenger airlines on 9/11.

Take another listen to SUNDAY WIRE host Patrick Henningsen and his guest Field McConnell (start at 1h 29m mark), in an explosive discussion about the latest airline disaster involving Germanwings…

Boeing’s ‘Uninterruptible Autopilot System’, Drones & Remote Hijacking

READ MORE MH370 NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire MH370 Files

READ MORE MH17 NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire MH17 Files



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