The latest revelations over Germanwings flight 4U9525 crash have turned the focus on the pilots, but the German budget carrier has so far refused to identify them.
One of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit moments before the crash, the data from the cockpit voice recorder has reportedly revealed, placing the pilots at the focal point of the investigation.
However, the company has refrained from disclosing the identity of the pilots.
According to the New York Times , data showed the pilot inside the cabin ignored the appeals of his colleague to open the cabin door. As time lapsed the pilot tried to smash the door but failed to get through -- all this happening during the ominous few minutes before the crash that killed 150 people.
Many social media users have been asking only one question: "Germanwings, What was the pilot's name?"
Earlier on Tuesday, Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann revealed that the captain of the ill-fated plane had been in service for Lufthansa and had 10 years of experience and more than 6,000 flying hours on the A320 model.
La Pause, citing a military source, reported that it was the captain of the plane who was locked out of the cockpit, while the co-pilot was flying the plane.
Questions such as who were the Germanwings pilots and what was their nationality and history are being raised. However, neither the authorities nor Lufthansa have disclosed the identity of the two pilots as yet.
The mystery surrounding the names of the pilots has also led many on social media to make various speculations.
Some initial posts on Twitter had stated that the name of the pilot involved in the Germanwings crash was Anning Wong, who hailed from Malaysia. But, soon it was learnt that the information was false as it was taken from a gaming simulator.
People are weaving several speculations and theories, and many are now looking at a terror angle too.
The NYT report, citing a senior military official involved in the investigation, noted that during the early part of the flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany, the traffic control had a "very smooth, very cool" conversation with the pilots. But the Germanwings blackbox investigation revealed that problems began after one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.
Edward Talik @etalik
#Germanwings why hasn't the pilot's name been released? Hmmm? Something stinks here. Prayers to the family and friends of the victims.
Patty Mitchell @pattym
@NicRobertsonCNN is the name of the #Germanwings pilot(s) known? If so, why is not being released?
Mark Holmann @MarkHolmann 3h3 hours ago
Something tells me the #germanwings pilot's name isn't being released because it's something like Mohammad al Jihad al Takbir.
@germanwings One pilot was locked out of cockpit. I'm guessing the other pilot's name was Muhammad. I'm just saying! #AirbusCrash
Kareem Awadalla @KareemAwadalla 1h1 hour ago
Not releasing the 2nd pilot's name on #Germanwings #flight9525 is raising religious suspicions