Germanwings tragedy highlights stigma surrounding mental illness

April 1, 2015 10:00 AM

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As more details emerge about a 27-year-old German co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who, authorities say purposely crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 into the French Alps, killing 149 people and himself on March 24, we are learning more about his issues with depression and mental illness.

Lubitz’s employer, Lufthansa, has a policy that requires employees to notify them of medical conditions that could affect flying or obtaining their pilot’s license. However, initial reports indicate Lubitz may have hid his mental illness from his employer.

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