Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was recommended to undergo treatment in a psychiatric hospital two weeks prior to the plane incident. This was confirmed by the French investigators on Sunday, only a few days before the plane disaster marks its first year anniversary.
The said Germanwings Flight 9525 report revealed new details that can give more light to the on-going investigation and queries from the aviation authorities of Germany and family members of the victims, such as the airline’s knowledge about the health issues of Lubitz and if there was any effort made to prevent the crash from happening, Huffington Post reported.
Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into a mountainside area in the remote French Alps on March 24, 2015, killing everyone on board; 150 people including the crew. Based on the data recorder of the flight, and confirmed by the 87-page report, Lubitz intentionally smashed the plane after he locked the pilot out the cockpit.
Lubitz, aged 27, had a history of severe depression and received a medical waiver, five years before the crash. He has also consulted 41 doctors, which include a psychiatrist, an ENT specialist and a general practitioner, based on the account of prosecutor Brian Robin.
Some prescription drugs related to the treatment of anxiety and depression were found by the German police in Lubitz’s apartment. In addition, the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses, a French crash investigation bureau said that the co- pilot was also diagnosed by a private doctor with anxiety and psychosomatic disorder, and was later recommended to a mental health specialist.
According to Frederik Pleitgen from CNN, the authorities had some problems with the doctors because of their confidentiality agreement with patients, which prevents them from disclosing any information to the authorities, nor to the airline, regarding the mental state.
Germanwings Flight 9525 or any plane disaster for that matter, may be prevented if airlines will start to look into the new details in the report, MY Pan Handle reported.