On March 24, 2015, Andreas Lubitz locked himself in the cockpit of the plane and placed the vehicle in ‘autopilot’ mode for it to crash into over 4,000 meters in the French Alps, killing 150 people traveling aboard.
A few days ago the pilot had suffered an episode of mental disorder from which he did not appear to have recovered after the conscious crash that killed all the people traveling on board.
Andreas Lubitz, 27, had locked himself in the cockpit of a Germanwings airliner before crashing into an altitude of more than 4,000 meters.
After the captain had left the cabin to go to the toilet, Lubitz closed the cabin door and proceeded with his plan for the controlled landing towards the side of the mountain.
All 150 people on board the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf – which included passengers and crew – were killed instantly on the unfortunate day seven years ago.
Investigations after the tragic incident showed that doctors had advised Lubitz to seek urgent treatment but were not allowed to notify the authorities in Germany of the strict privacy laws.
Under German law, employers cannot access employees’ medical records, and medical reports do not even state the cause of the illness for which leave is sought.
Investigations into Lubitz revealed that prior to training as a pilot he had been denied a US license from psychotic depression treatment.
For years Lubitz had had trouble sleeping from what he described as vision problems and had consulted about 40 doctors for fear of being blinded.
Motivated by the fear of being blinded and losing his pilot’s license he had searched the internet for ways of suicide before deciding to crash flight ‘9525’ with 150 people on board.
Investigators said searches of Lubitz’s tablet included “ways to commit suicide” or “aircraft cabin doors and their safety.”
Civil aviation investigator Arnaud Desjardin argued that such professional secrets should not be put before public safety as a phone call from Dr. Lubitz could have saved many lives.