The Germanwings crash, and the folly of risk analysis

A post-9/11 security measure may have contributed to the crash

A memorial is set up at the German high school that lost 16 students and 2 teachers in the plane crash.
(Image credit: (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender))

While the investigation into the tragic crash of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps is not over, some very disturbing news has already come to light. According to French investigators, the co-pilot intentionally crashed the plane after locking the other pilot out of the cockpit and taking over the flight's controls.

The horrifying irony here is that the co-pilot was supposedly able to crash the plane thanks to a post-9/11 security measure: enabling plane cockpits to lock from the inside in the case of a hijacking.

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