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Germanwings Flight 9525: Andreas Lubitz’s act of madness

by | 27th, March 2015

CAN we says that Andreas Lubitz was nuts? What about insane? Mad? What word can you use to describe the man who flew Germanwings Flight 9525 into a mountain killing all 150 people on board? His actions appear to have been deliberate. So. Let’s review another word. This wasn’t a killing. This was murder.

The tabloids pick up on the news that Andreas Lubitz had a history of depression.

Is that relevant? Do you want an ill man to fly the plane?


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We don’t yet know if his politics, religion, sex or favourite books affected his thoughts. Many things could have shaped the man and made him do it. The reason why anyone does anything is never simple. But in the rush to construct a comfortable narrative readers can live with, the media focus is on Andreas Lubitz’s depression. (If he had been black, religious or right wing, say, any of those factors would be the main driver.)

The Mirror and Mail  make a direct link between Lubitz’s illness and his actions:


Andreas Lubitz mad depressed



Of course they’re not. Depression is the excruciating crippling black abyss. It is an illness you’d not wish on anyone.

But in looking for clues isn’t it valid to look at the killer’s health and state of mind?

The Sun  shifts the tone. It sees not a depressive. It sees a madman.  


Andreas Lubitz mad depressed         The man’s actions killed, sorry, murdered, 149 people. Does that sound mad to you? One voice blogs :

I think that the Sun trumped the headlines I have seen this morning, simply writing “Madman in cockpit”. Nice to see them flying the flag for reducing stigma. It seems that the UK press missed the memo this morning that says that tackling stigma is everyone’s business. It would also appear that they momentarily forgot the fact that they can have such a massive impact on people’s perceptions of different issues, mental health included.

Another adds:

…our press have already

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