We Can Build a Hijack-Proof Airplane But Should We?

March 30, 2015 10:33 PM

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The revelation by a Duesseldorf prosecutor that Andreas Lubitz, who crashed his Germanwings Airbus A320 into a mountain a week ago, had been treated by a psychotherapist “for what is documented as being suicidal” tendencies was a shocking indication that, apparently, the airline had no access to his earlier medical history—and no interest in it.

As with many of the official statements made so far about Lubitz’s state of mind this one raised as many issues as it answered. The prosecutor said that the suicidal condition was treated “before he became a pilot.”

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