Apparently, many people dropped the ball pertaining to the on-going psychological issues facing the now infamous co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz. As you all may know, Lubitz intentionally crashed a Germanwings plane, killing all 150 people aboard recently.
The details being disseminated through permitted authorization and un-authorization have been chilling. One German newspaper recently leaked the voice recorder transcripts of the flight, where you can hear the pilot tell the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, that he can take over while he uses the men’s room. This was the last time that the pilot would see Lubitz, as Andreas began to descend the plane and refused to open the door after several alarms went off in the cockpit requesting that he pull up due to terrain forthcoming. There were even reports that the pilot grabbed an ax and attempted to break down the door, while desperately demanding entry. If Lubitz’s breathing heard on the audio tape was any indication to his mental state, he was as cool as a cucumber, while plummeting the plane into the mountains of the French Alps. In the last minutes of the tape, you can hear the passengers, who surely know their fates by now, screaming the last sounds that they will ever utter. The wing of the Germanwings airliner would brush a mountain and then the plane would disintegrate upon impact, leaving only pieces of everything inside.
The details involving the crash are still forthcoming and can’t be taken at face value right now. However, there is written proof that Lubitz should not have been flying that day. We detailed in the previous article covering the case how medical notes, from health officials Lubitz had been under the care of, were ripped up in his trashcan. Consequently, there were also prescription pills found in his home, as well as, anti-depressants. There have even been reports that Lubitz had been dealing with depression since 2009 and seeking professional help for a mental illness. How could no one have known this previously? How did he fly under the professional radar for this great length of time without ever being questioned about his behavior? Certainly, his friends and family saw some clue as to his deteriorating mental state. This brings us to our next point.
Andreas Lubitz had a girlfriend. However, she claims she was unaware of the extent of his mental issues. She only knew that he had a problem. The girlfriend, who does not wish to be named, did state that he had been to see an ophthalmologist and a neuropsychologist, both of which provided him with medical paperwork that should have kept him from flying anymore planes. This includes the one he crashed into the French Alps that awful day. These facts coupled with the threat of losing the one thing he loved so much—his piloting job—could have driven Lubitz over the edge. Still, why take 149 others with you off the mental ledge you were teetering on? These were students, singers, husbands, fathers, mothers, wives, and babies. This selfish act has left many bewildered. As more facets emerge, the story only gets more chilling and despairing in our eyes.