What Made Andreas Lubitz Crash The Airbus A320 In The Alps?

What made Andreas Lubitz crash the Airbus A320 in the Alps?

On March 24th last year the world caught its breath: An Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps. There were 150 people and 5 dogs on board; a tragedy of such magnitude that mobilization took place immediately in various countries, while the population could only wait and see, hearts contracted, for answers to the disaster.

The discussion about the safety of the low-cost airlines and the age of the aircraft began immediately. Was it still allowed to fly? For hours we all looked for a thousand reasons, a thousand causes in these machines, which otherwise seemed so perfect and which have now become an integral part of our lives.

Technology sometimes fails, we know that. Accidents happen and the cause is almost always due to carelessness, a mistake or incorrect operation.

Few of us thought that the responsibility for the accident lay not with technology but with people. With a young co-pilot who steered the plane into the French Alps of his own volition, killing everyone on board.

How can we understand such a thing? We humans always need a “why?” a reason that justifies (if possible) these kinds of unimaginable acts that are contained in a dark part of our nature, where the irrational, the disease, or sometimes just the misdeed persists.

What made Andreas Lubitz crash the Airbus A320 in the Alps? Let’s analyze possible reasons, let’s dive into all of the information that has since been brought to try the “why?”   to find.

A qualified pilot with psychological problems

Andreas Lubitz was alone in the cockpit when he suddenly and voluntarily decided to press the descent button so that he and the rest of the passengers would lose their lives in the crash in the Alps.

According to the airline Lufthansa, the copilot of the Airbus A320 was classified as fit for flying, nobody suspected anything and he was a role model in terms of competence and professionalism.

Despite this, a medical report was found that stated that he was not healthy but that his psychological condition was inadequate to continue working. Lubitz was aware of this, but far from accepting it, and destroyed the relevant document without his employer being aware of it. Lubitz continued to work when in reality he should never have done so.

According to the information that was released, Andreas Lubitz was suffering from severe depression. He justified this with the fact that he was in the process of separating from his girlfriend, whose emotional consequences may have provoked the suicidal reaction.

However, it was found that the depressive disorders were permanent companions in his life, so that he received treatment in a phase of severe depression.


Major Depression and “Extended Suicide”

Now let us ask ourselves the following question: Can severe depression induce one person to kill not only himself but 150 other people as well?

  • When we talk about depression, we have to keep in mind that no psychological problem is the same in all people ; that is, there is not one “one” easily recognizable pattern. Various interrelated disorders can often occur. It may be that you have psychotic depression instead of severe depression. However, we do not know whether this was the case with Andreas Lubitz.
  • The reasons why a person falls into depression can be very different and complex, but always the feeling of loss of control over the life situation and the feelings about it, as well as a negative view of the future. There is no hope. When these feelings intensify, it often happens that the person slips into a desire to commit suicide.
  • Typically 15% of patients with depressive disorder have thoughts of suicide. However, it is not common for thoughts of murder to be added to suicidal tendencies. That is, it is not normal for the person who wants to end their life to choose other people to “punish” them; especially not just anyone with whom there is no emotional connection.
  • In those cases where this will is there, we speak of “extended suicide”. That is, these are situations in which the person, in addition to wanting to end his or her own life, is also trying to drag other innocent people to their deaths with him. So high are their despair and frustration that it is not enough for these people to harm themselves, but rather that they have to extend their desire for destruction to others. Reasons for this are anger and the desire for revenge.
  • In the case of Andreas Lubitz, for example, we know that flying was his great passion. Perhaps his emotional problems drove him into a new depression; a process that appeared to be latent in his mind and that had already happened in the past and delayed obtaining his diploma.
    The psychological report that concluded that Andreas Lubitz was “ not fit for work”  and that he is not allowed to fly”  was undoubtedly the trigger that made him think not only of suicide, but also of revenge. This was to be his last flight, and he didn’t want to be the only one feeling his pain. The suffering was supposed to be enormous, and there was no room for doubt that he was pursuing this goal.
  • Some experts explain that these incomprehensible acts sometimes with the Amok syndrome associated , that is, that the person concerned is a spontante and uncontrollable reaction, harm others and kill without any distinction would.

Was the terrible deed that Andreas Lubitz accomplished predictable? It may even be that the Alps had a special meaning for the copilot, as it is said that he was particularly fixated on this landscape.

We humans always look for an explanation in the face of such deeds. We want to know and understand the reasons why a seemingly normal person chooses to end the lives of 150 other people. But sometimes we have to be satisfied with the knowledge that the irrational and evil exist, anytime, anywhere, and completely beyond our control. There is something unpredictable that can affect the lives of those we love.

At this point we would like to express our deepest sympathy for the relatives as well as honor and respect for the victims. May they rest in peace.

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