Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Who Were the Pilots?

Could this be another Allah thing?

[BREAKING (8:12 AM EST): "French officials said Thursday it appears that one of the pilots of the crashed Germanwings plane intentionally forced the jet into a descent and refused to open the cockpit door. (8:21 AM EST): "The name of the co-pilot was Andreas Lubitz, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said." It appears the co-pilot was the one in the cockpit.]

Muslims make up approximately 25% of the world's population.

Proportion of scientific literature published in Muslim countries per year:


Proportion of books published in Muslim countries per year:


Proportion of Nobel prizes in the sciences won by Muslims:

2/10 of 1%.

Of the four modern aircraft crashes involving the greatest loss of life and caused by the intentional actions of a suicidal pilot, what proportion of those pilots was Muslim?

75% to 100%.

Well, everybody's good at something.

Here are the crashes:
Royal Air Maroc, 21 August 1994 ATR-42, Captain Younes Khayati, 44 fatalities 
Silk Air Flight 185, 19 December 1997, Captain Tsu Way Ming, 104 fatalities 
Egypt Air Flight 990, 31 October 1999, Co-Pilot Gamil el-Batouty, 217 fatalities 
Malaysian Airlines Flight 470, 8 March 2014, Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 239 fatalities
Now, the religion of the Captain of the Silk Air Flight, Tsu Way Ming, oddly was never revealed (readers, correct me on this if you have additional information). But Singapore has a substantial Malay population, virtually all of whom are Muslim. An odd twist to the case is that though the contemporary consensus was that the crash was caused by the suicidal actions of the pilot, the Indonesian investigator--the crash had occurred on Indonesian territory--was a strong Muslim and disputed the finding that the crash was caused by the pilot.

If you believe that Islam is a religion of death, then this fits. If you believe otherwise, then this is just a weird coincidence, hyped on by Islamophobes. There should be laws against Islamophobes hyping things. (And there currently are such laws in most Western countries.)

Who were the pilots of Germanwings Airbus A320?

The names of the passengers have been released but not those of the pilots.

There was some funny business at a recent press conference--"That was what he was not supposed to say."

There is breaking news that the black box data indicates that one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit and was desperately trying to get back in. From the International New York Times:
“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.” 
...“You can hear he is trying to smash the door down”... 
...“We don’t know yet the reason why one of the guys went out,” said (an) official, who requested anonymity because the investigation is continuing. “But what is sure is that at the very end of the flight, the other pilot is alone and does not open the door.” 
...“I don’t like it,” said the French official, who cautioned that his initial analysis was based on the very limited information currently available. “To me, it seems very weird: this very long descent at normal speed without any communications, though the weather was absolutely clear”... 
...“So far, we don’t have any evidence that points clearly to a technical explanation,” the official said. “So we have to consider the possibility of deliberate human responsibility.”
Who were the pilots?


  1. Oh Goddess. you and I are starting to think alike. That was the first thing I thought of when I heard about this.

  2. There's a decent chance that Tsu Way Ming was ethnically Chinese. A little googling suggests that his background is not publicly known.

  3. Oh, I agree, based on the raw odds--there are more ethnic Chinese in Singapore than ethnic Malays--there's more than a decent chance. But the extreme reluctance of the Muslim investigator to go along with the consensus of the others, coupled with the other cases, might make one at least a bit suspicious.