You recall the German co-pilot who crashed his plane into the French Alps a couple of months ago.
Naturally, investigators are trying to figure out why he did it and why no one had seen that something was seriously wrong with him.
In a new report we discover that Andreas Lubbitz understood perfectly well that something was seriously wrong. So much so that he consult with “dozens of doctors.”
Surely, this does not speak well of the professional competence of German physicians. In the best circumstances it would be a major scandal. Malpractice, anyone?
The AP has the story:
A state prosecutor says a co-pilot with a history of depression who crashed a Germanwings airliner into the French Alps had reached out to dozens of doctors ahead of the disaster, a revelation that suggests Andreas Lubitz was seeking advice about an undisclosed ailment.
Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, in comments to The Associated Press, would not address the question of what symptoms Lubitz was assessing.
For now the information is sketchy, but it is worth keeping in mind:
Investigators say Lubitz intentionally crashed the jet after locking the pilot out of the cockpit. German prosecutors have said that in the week before the crash, he spent time online researching suicide methods and cockpit door security - the earliest evidence of a premeditated act.
Late Thursday, Robin told the AP that Lubitz had also reached out to dozens of doctors in the period before the crash, without elaborating. That suggests Lubitz was desperate to find an explanation for some mental or physical ailment, even as he researched ways of killing himself and others.
Germanwings and parent company Lufthansa have said that Lubitz had passed all medical tests and was cleared by doctors as fit to fly.
One appreciates the subtlety and the irony: Lubitz “passed all medical tests and was cleared by doctors as fit to fly.”