This morning on MSNBC – Morning Joe program, John Cox commented that the SilkAir 185 crash occurred while the airplane was being flown by the Auto-Pilot. This is incorrect because the captain manually rolled the aircraft inverted and performed a high speed dive until ground impact. The only similarity between the two crashes are that the pilot intentionally destroyed the aircraft. Conversely the GermanWings flight 9525 is unlike the SilkAir flight 185 because flight 9525 descended at a constant rate and constant speed until ground impact.
More comparisons to similar accidents will be discussed as more info becomes available about the GermanWings crash.