By Caroline Jobson
A smattering of debris is all that remains at the crash site of Germanwings Flight 9525. Scattered about the rugged mountain terrain are remnants of the air passage carrier that held the 150 people, now dead, on board.
Of the 150 deceased, one man remains at the forefront of the media – Andreas Lubitz. The 27-year-old co-pilot is believed to be at fault, intentionally steering the Germanwings flight to the rocky terrain of the Alps and passengers to instant death. Further investigation reveals that Lubitz had a series of psychiatric problems beyond clinical depression and regularly received injections in hopes of improving his condition. Beyond these medical procedures, Lubitz’s doctor officially declared him “unfit to work,” issuing a note, that Lubitz promptly destroyed, excusing him from work.
Though the cause of Lubitz’s extreme mental imbalance is unknown, Germanwings officials are working to more closely examine the health of their pilots and co-pilots in order to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring. In addition to raising medical and psychological testing standards, Germanwings plans to require that the cockpit be staffed by at least two crew members at all times. “While [Germanwings is] still mourning the victims,” Agency Director Patrick Ky explains that their efforts are now focused on “improving the safety and security of passengers and crews.”