Confirmed: Lufthansa Knew About Co-pilot’s Depression
Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings airline, has declared that the co-pilot who crashed the plane into the Alps had shown symptoms of depression.
Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz took a break from flight training, but Lufthansa refused to divulge the reason earlier. Evidence of Lubitz suffering from depression surfaced though an email mailed to his instructor in 2009.
Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, wrote that he had “previous episode of severe depression,” the airline said on Tuesday, according to BBC.
Lufthansa said Lubitz had submitted his medical documents before resuming his training. It is now confirmed that the company knew about the co-pilot’s battle with depression and still permitted him to fly a plane.
“He was 100% fit to fly without any restrictions or conditions,” Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa CEO, had told reporters. He described his statement as a “swift and seamless clarification” on Tuesday.
Throwing light on the mental condition of Andreas Lubitz, CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest said that proper investigation should be carried out.
“We need to know what happened after he returned in 2009 and finished his training, because that tells us whether there was the correct procedure and process,” he said.
Defending their stand, a Lufthansa spokesperson told CNN that Lubitz had a valid medical certificate and that he acquired the license after passing all examinations.
Lubitz’s girlfriend told investigators he had medical issues and recently consulted an eye doctor and a neuropsychologist. Both of them declared him unfit to fly.
An official also informed that Lubitz had told the neuropsychologist that he was “stressed.”
Brian Russell, forensic psychologist, told CNN, “Psychology can explain why somebody would turn rage inward on themselves about the fact that maybe they weren’t going to keep doing their job and they’re upset about that and so they’re suicidal.”
“But there is no mental illness that explains why somebody then feels entitled to also take that rage and turn it outward on 149 other people who had nothing to do with the person’s problems.”
However, search operation has been carried out, and all human remains have been recovered. Further search will be carried out to look for the personal belongings of the passengers.