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Piers Morgan on Germanwings Crash: Depressed Pilots on Medication for Mental Illness Shouldn’t Be Flying Passenger Planes



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The world is still in shock over circumstances that led to the tragic crash of Lufthansa’s Germanwings flight 9525, which resulted in the death of 150 people.

How was co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, able to successfully hide his mental illness from his employers and colleagues? Was there anything that could have been done to prevent him from deliberately crashing the plane? In the aftermath of the tragedy, what precautions should airlines take henceforth?

These and many more questions are on the minds of many.

British journalist and TV personality, Piers Morgan, recently penned an article published on Daily Mail titled Depressed pilots on medication for mental illness should not be flying passenger planes. That’s not insensitive – it’s protecting lives, expressing his thoughts on the matter.

Here are excerpts:

…A co-pilot with a lengthy history of depression, on medication for his illness, and ignoring a specific doctor’s sick note for the very day he was flying, was allowed to command a plane full of 149 people.

Then, he was left in sole charge of the cockpit when the captain went to the bathroom, enabling him to lock everyone out and commit his heinous act?

And once the captain knew what was happening, he was utterly incapable of getting back into the cockpit and doing anything to stop it. Nor was anyone from the airline on the ground able to intervene, despite the fact that technology exists to enable remote automated flying.

It beggars belief, doesn’t it?

Yet to confound comprehension even further, this wasn’t some third rate airline from a third world country.

Germanwings is owned by Lufthansa, the largest airline in Europe from the most powerful, well-resourced and technologically advanced country in Europe.

Yesterday, the boss of Germanwings admitted that Lubitz had slipped through the company’s ‘safety net’ and should never have been flying.

You think??????

He shouldn’t have been anywhere near the controls of an unmanned drone, let alone a plane with 149 people on board.

Frankly, I don’t care if the co-pilot, 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, was mad, bad or sad.

He lost any sympathy I may have had for him the moment he decided to murder 149 people by deliberately crashing his plane into a mountain.

They and their grieving families are the victims, not him.

And it could be any one of us next.

I am flying to Dallas and onto London next week, and I want some urgent reassurances from the airlines taking my money.

1) I want to know that there will always, ALWAYS, be two people in the cockpit. That is the rule in America now, and should be mandatory worldwide.

2) I want to know that if the captain is outside of the cockpit, he has a way of getting back in if there is an emergency. After all, what’s the point of a captain if he’s not in charge?

3) Most importantly, I want to know that the airlines know if either pilot has similar mental health issues to Andreas Lubitz, and whether he or she is on medication for them and ignoring doctors’ sick notes. That is their duty of care to both the passengers and the pilots.

That’s not ‘insensitive’, or ‘stigmatising’ people with depression, as some have over-sensitive lobby groups have raced to complain today.

It’s about protecting the lives of innocent people…

Read the entire article on Daily Mail


  1. Oluwatobiloba

    March 29, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    On this, I absolutely agree with Piers.

  2. bennymbong

    March 29, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Well said P.M can’t agree with you more especially on the upcoming move for discrimination against those diagnosed with depression. The risk factor/ consequences should be the point of focus here and not emtions

  3. eyong

    March 29, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Well, I’d have to agree with him on this one. Depression is a very serious disease, and fpr someone who’s been battling with it for several years, I would have thought the airline would keep watch over him, by demanding weekly reports from his doctors as far as his mental health. Ofcourse, some of that information is personal, but for a Pilot, a person responsible for hundreds of lifves for lengthy amounts of time, I think the government should have permitted it. Well, the deed has been done, and the lives have been lost, now we can only pray this one fallacy shall not snowball into several incidences in the future. Rip to those gone.

  4. @edDREAMZ

    March 29, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Articles always onpoint… May the souls of the dead RIP…..

  5. no

    March 29, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I agree with him but he the pilot is a Terrorist too!

  6. *Real* Nice Anon

    March 29, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    I do hope you lot are watching how the western media is playing all these out. He was “depressed” abi? The news would’ve been extremely different if the pilot who committed this horrendous act is black and/Muslim.

    • nira

      March 29, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      My point exactly, if the co-pilot had a muslim name, all hell would have been let loose. He would have been labelled a terrorist without little or no investigations but since he’s white with an European name, he’s was depressed…just cant deal.

  7. Dayo Sage

    March 29, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    If I talk from now till a snail travel from Ekiti State to Maiduguri, those that were killed in this tragic event will never come back to life. I’ll just pray that we will never be a victim of evil circumstance in Jesus name. What a concluded case for the victim. Won get password won.

  8. bruno

    March 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    people calm down.
    no terrorist organisation has come out to take responsibility for the attack neither has any terrorist group come out to claim him (the co pilot) as one of their members.

    they have carried out an investigation and a lot of things have been uncovered. starting from he’s mental illness to him hiding it from he’s co workers.

    if he’s name was mohammad or Ibrahim, they will still carry out an investigation than just jump to conclusion and say it was a terrorist attack because of the muslim name or the colour of his skin.

    if u have solid information about the crazy co pilot’s terrorist activities beforehe crashed tge plane, u can kindly share with us.

    my own is, how can they stop this thing from repeating it self again.

    • Ok oo

      March 30, 2015 at 1:53 am

      Ok ooo! Bruno, I like ur comment but eh nakwa eh check ife ina ede ooo. Oyibo bialu abia

  9. gh_Mikie

    March 30, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    “3rd rate pilot from a 3rd world country”? Really Piers? Where have you heard of any 3rd world country pilots crashing planes because they were “depressed”.
    Look, stop treating people with depression as if they are mad, they aren’t! For all we know, you yourself Piers, suffer from some kind of depression. Yes, the guy went off the deep end, but many, many, many people deal with some form of depression.
    The individualistic western society breeds this, we need to change our patterns, and take care of each other!

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