Depressed and fearing blindness, suicidal Germanwings pilot saw 41 doctors – but none alerted airline

Depressed and fearing blindness, suicidal Germanwings pilot saw 41 doctors – but none alerted airline

Associated Press in Paris

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Andreas Lubitz, pictured running in a 2009 half marathon, ordered his numerous doctors not to share information about his ailments. Photo: Reuters

Fearing he was going blind, the co-pilot who slammed a Germanwings jet into the Alps took sick days at work, upped his dosage of an antidepressant, and reached out to doctors, but they didn’t tell his employer they thought he was unfit to fly because of German privacy laws, a French prosecutor said.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin on Thursday presented new details of his criminal investigation into the case after meeting in Paris with many grieving relatives of the 150 people who died on the Germanwings flight co-piloted by Andreas Lubitz.

The March 24 crash, blamed on Lubitz, has put a spotlight on possible mental health issues involving flight crews.

Robin announced he was handing over his initial inquiry to three investigating magistrates who will try to determine who — if anyone — can be brought to trial in an involuntary manslaughter case in which the main culprit died in the crash.

The news came as families have just started to receive the remains of their loved ones for burials in the coming days and weeks.

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The mother of Eyal Baum, the only Israeli victim of the March 24 Germanwings disaster, kisses his coffin at his burial on Thursday. Photo: EPA

The investigation so far “has enabled us to confirm without a shadow of a doubt … Mr Andreas Lubitz deliberately destroyed the plane and deliberately killed 150 people, including himself,” Robin told reporters.

Investigators say Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit and flew the plane into a French mountainside after having researched suicide methods and cockpit door rules and practiced an unusual descent.

In a new development, Robin said information from Lubitz’s tablet PC showed he had also investigated vision problems, and “feared going blind,” which would have ended the 27-year-old’s aviation career.

Lubitz, who had a history of depression, had 7 medical appointments in the month before the crash, including 3 with a psychiatrist, and had taken 8 sick days off work, Robin said. Some of the doctors felt Lubitz was psychologically unstable, and some felt he was unfit to fly, but “unfortunately that information was not reported because of medical secrecy requirements,” the prosecutor said.

“He even said to some of those close to him that given this vision loss, life no longer had meaning,” Robin said. Lubitz’s girlfriend appeared to be aware of his vision woes, and his family to a lesser extent: Both she and his mother took him to some of his medical appointments, he added.

Robin’s comments also exposed the long-term nature of Lubitz’s troubles. He feared his vision troubles would spark a return of his depression that he once suffered, the prosecutor said.

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Colonel Francois Daoust (left), head of the criminal research institute of French Gendarmerie, and prosecutor Brice Robin hold a press conference about the Germanwings disaster on Thursday in Paris. Photo: EPA

In the last five years, Robin said Lubitz consulted with 41 different doctors.

In a March 10 e-mail to a doctor, Lubitz had indicated he could only sleep two hours a night and wanted urgent help, Robin said. Lubitz specified he was taking Mirtazapine, an antidepressant, and had even doubled the dosage from 15 to 30 milligrams in a failed bid to improve his sleep, and his fear of going blind continued, the prosecutor added.

Investigators were going over Lubitz’s remains to determine whether he had taken any medications the day of the flight.

Germanwings and parent company Lufthansa have said that Lubitz had passed all medical tests and was cleared by doctors as fit to fly. Robin said he had no evidence that the carrier knew of the co-pilot’s alleged visual ailment.

In Germany, doctors risk prison if they disclose information about their patients to anyone unless there is evidence they intend to commit a serious crime or harm themselves. Lubitz had told his doctors not to share information among each other about his condition, Robin said.

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 June, 2015, 8:51am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 June, 2015, 6:24pm

#FrenchGendarmerie   #AndreasLubitz    #DepressionPilots   #Germanwings4U9525   #DepressionSuicide   #MH370   #CaptainZaharie

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