National Security


First Officer Maria Cummings, who incapacitated her Captain and purposely downed the extradition flight of Jasmine Eddington was a member of the far-right Sanctarian People’s Party and had attended fascist demonstrations in recent years, Homeland Security Secretary Kathryn Stewart announced today.

After over a week of investigation into Cummings, it has been determined that it was her xenophobic and extreme nationalist views that led her to crash the government jet carrying Eddington and six of her fellow citizens. Stewart said today that analysts believe that the crash could not have been planned very far in advance as Cummings did not know who would be on the plane until they had already left Sanctarian airspace on their way to Lauchenoiria.

“We are working on the assumption that Cummings did not approve of Sanctaria taking in a criminal like Eddington and took matters into her own hands. Forensic analysis of her internet history has shown that she was a fascist xenophobe, a member of the Sanctarian People’s Party, and fundamentally opposed to all immigration into Sanctaria. We are considering her a radicalised home-grown terrorist”, Stewart told reporters.

Questions are now being raised how someone like Cummings could have had such a sensitive position like being a pilot on a government jet, but people familiar with aviation recruitment say questions like political beliefs tend not to be on the interview paper. “You do have to have a medical, and that includes mental health checks to ensure you’re not put into a position where stress may cause a relapse in your condition, but you’re not asked questions about your political beliefs. That’s illegal”, Devon White, CEO of aviation recruitment company PilotBlue told this paper. “A criminal history check is also done, and I imagine it’d have been much easier for the government to procure those results than a private aviation firm, but I am assuming nothing came up.

Investigations by this paper corroborate the assumption that Cummings did not have a criminal history.

Brian DeNoble
Defence & Security Correspondent