What's Happening: The Horror of Germanwings 9525
The co-pilot: Authorities say Andreas Lubitz, a 27-year-old* German national, is responsible for the crash. Lubitz locked his fellow pilot out of the cockpit and then triggered the descent. Security checks on Lubitz didn't raise any concerns, but some are pointing to a six-month gap in his flight training as evidence that he might have suffered from depression.
Flight patterns: Unlike those in the United States, European regulations do not require there to be two people in the cockpit at all times. At least four airlines changed their regulations in the wake of Thursday's revelations. James Fallows explains dilemma of the cockpit door, which must be fortified against attack and openable in case of emergency. The fate of Germanwings 9525 may be similar to the EgyptAir 990 crash, which William Langewiesche wrote about in The Atlantic in 2001.
3 Short Links About the Economics of Sports
- Because profit sharing means revenues are spread evenly across football franchises, NFL owners don't gain much financially when their teams win.
- An animation shows how football, America's most popular sport, practices socialism.
- While American athletic leagues use economic regulation to maintain parity among teams, European soccer leagues practice a rougher form of winner-take-all free-market capitalism.