Lufthansa's Budget airline Germanwings rogue pilot Andreas Lubitz was scared that he might be going blind and increased his medication of anti-depressants before he deliberately put the Germanwings aircraft on a catastrophic crash course. According to French prosecutors the many doctors consulted by Lubitz did not notify his condition to the airline, as they were bound by German medical privacy laws regarding patient confidentiality.
It is accepted that Lubitz deliberately crashed Germanwings Flight 4U9525 killing the 150 people on board, he recorded seven appointments with doctors, three with a psychiatrist, the French public prosecutor Brice Robin reported that Doctors found that Lubitz was “very down, very unsure of himself ... and he gave the impression that "he was psychologically unstable”.
Brice Robin said the 27-year old feared going blind and this was gleaned from files stored on a tablet computer owned by Lubitz. The Germanwings pilot said that he complained of seeing flashes of light, having anxiety attacks and was convinced that he had only 30 percent vision, but no physical ailment affecting his sight was recorded on the medical notes..
The enquiry and subsequent investigation found that two weeks before the crash, Lubitz emailed a doctor, the email claimed Lubitz had doubled his dose of an antidepressant to treat insomnia which in turn triggered his fears about failing or impared eyesight. Lubitz’s body has been post-mortem examined to determine if he had taken any medications on the day of the flight.
By all accounts it still remains unclear whether Lubitz's fear of losing his sight was ever justified. The prosecutor is quite clear and believes “deep down Lubitz knew that if Germanwings knew (or even suspected) about his eyesight problems, he would lose his commercial pilots license and since this was his main objective in life, the idea was unbearable to him.”
Based on the evidence discovered so far, the prosecution says “without a shadow of a doubt” that Lubitz “deliberately destroyed the plane and deliberately killed 150 people, including himself” .
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