So Much For That Ongoing Illness

The copilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, German prosecutors said after authorities found a torn-up sick note while searching his homes.


All of this disturbs me in more ways than one, as I’m sure it does you. If it is true that “Lufthansa has one of the most complete and exhaustive selection processes that there is,” what does that say about the rest of the airlines out there? This is just like those psycho shooters who do their thing in countries with stringent gun control laws (Breivik in Norway, the Dunblane school massacre in Scotland, etc.). You have to try to improve “the system,” of course, but do you really think it’s possible to stop people like this in the end?

Other medical documents found in police searches suggested an ongoing illness and appropriate medical treatment.

6 responses

  1. Awful. No, I do not. I do not like when people use their illnesses as excuses to hurt people. It makes everyone suffering look bad. There is a difference between crazy and evil. If you find yourself crossing the line…before you get there, I think you have a duty to do whatever it takes to ensure you don’t get there. Whatever it takes.

  2. Terrible thing. Why didn’t he do the honorable thing and swallow a bottle of pills in the privacy of his own home rather than kill all those innocent people? Guess we’ll never know.

  3. Yes, Lufthansa does excessive screening, and their training program is one of the best. The only airline which might have better pilots is Quantas.

    Sadly this is not the first time something like this happened. I guess one can never totally eliminate the human factor. It might help though if people who did this would get less attention in the media. Because I think if they didn’t get there few minutes of fame in death, they wouldn’t bother.

  4. I can understand suicide but not taking so many innocent people with you. On the other hand, somebody who is that mentally ill cannot think in those terms. Mental illness doesn’t allow rational thinking. As life on this planet becomes more complicated and difficult, I fear mental illness is becoming an epidemic. I see it every day and there is no shield from it. So just like with diseases and accidents, every time we leave our homes we are taking a chance… and I know I have more chance of being hit by a car driven by somebody who is texting while I am crossing the street than dying because of a crazy pilot.

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