Until now, the image of the Germanwings captain who died trying to break the cockpit door with an axe hasn’t been made public.However, a picture of Patrick Sondheimer has been revealed in a shrine created in memory of those killed during the Germanwings crash has revealed the first picture of the hero pilot who tried to break into the plane’s cockpit.
Dailymail reports that, controversially, Germanwings’ headquarters in Cologne, which was erected in memory of the staff killed during the tragedy, also includes a picture of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.It also inculdes pics of four oher crew members who died..
As the plane plummeted towards ground, Mr Sondheimer, 36, a father-of-two, tried in vain to save the lives of the 144 passengers and five crew members on board.
Moments before, he had left the cockpit in the hands of his co-pilot in order to use the bathroom.
When he returned, the door was locked and co-pilot Lubitz, 27, ignored desperate pleas from his colleague to let him back in.
In a desperate attempt to stop the fatal crash, Mr Sondheimer spent up to five minutes attempting to smash his way into the cockpit using an axe. On recordings retrieved from the plane’s black box Mr Sondheimer can be heard shouting:
‘Open the goddam door’ in the moments before his death.
Shortly before the crash, Mr Sondheimer, the father of a six-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy, had switched from long-haul to short-haul flights in order to spend more time with his young family.
During a memorial on March 29, his grandmother Marianne Sondheimer said her grandson’s lifelong dream was to become a pilot.
‘My grandson is dead and all because of an idiot who did this to his whole flight and killed so many people.