Like Andreas Lubitz, Marcus too has run a Marathon, and with all the senseless killing in this world I too am sometimes quite depressed, although probably not clinically so.
But an important lesson for all:
Correlation is not the same as Causation
Politically (In) Correct
To me this is a simple case of a deranged person, deceiving their employer and willingly and knowingly murdering the passengers on the plane he was co-pilot to, whilst at the same time committing suicide.
Lubitz was not a convert to Islam as some uninformed and agenda setting articles would have let you believe
He had a recent relationship breakup
His clinical depression was in 2009, some 6 years ago, not currently.
At the time of the murder he did have a medical condition but the details are not public except to say that Düsseldorf University Hospital who was treating him said it was not for Depression.
He had been praised by the FAA in late 2013 as a pilot setting a positive example
Who is not responsible
I never studied German Law, but based on my English training, Lufthansa probably has a duty of care towards it's airline passengers.
And so if there was a conscious and demonstrable neglect in some way, Lufthansa could face legal action.
However claims that
- Lufthansa are definitely responsible and liable
- That poor procedures and standards were in place
I believe are patently misguided, and evidence of the spreading blame culture into Europe.
Employees can lie and deceive their employers as are the indications in this case.
Procedures are already in place to gain access to the locked cockpit via a code (see my article) should the only occupant lose consciousness. This was not the case here.
- Not all acts of mass murder committed in first world countries are via religious fanatics
- For the Germanwings Plane, the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was not a follower of the Islamic religion
- When atrocities are committed please let's all wait for a fair and balanced assessment of the situation and the motives of the individuals concerned.
- Depressed people are not prone to acts of murder