His name was Patrick Sondheimer.
But the name that we haven’t heard very much is this one: Captain Patrick Sondheimer.
There aren’t any photos of him. There aren’t any headlines.
But Patrick Sondheimer was the captain who was piloting the plane with Lubitz.
He was the man who left the cockpit to take a break, only to be locked out by his co-pilot.
He is the man who French investigators say can be heard asking “several times” for access to the cockpit. He received no answer. There was never any answer from Lubitz.
He banged on the door. He screamed at Lubitz: ‘Open the goddamn door!’. And then he took an axe and desperately tried to break through the electronically sealed door.
The sound of Patrick trying to break into the cockpit can be heard right up until the recording ends, when the plane crashed.
Captain Patrick Sondheimer tried to save the passengers and crew of Germanwings flight 9525. He was a hero.
But Patrick Sondheimer was also a married father of two.