MadInAmerica: Germanwings Pilot Saw Psychiatrist Three Times, Doubled Antidepressant In Month Before Crash


http://www.madinamerica.com/2015/06/germanwings-pilot-saw-psychiatrist-three-times-doubled-antidepressant-in-month-before-crash/

Germanwings Pilot Saw Psychiatrist Three Times, Doubled Antidepressant In Month Before Crash

The man who deliberately crashed a Germanwings commercial airliner with 150 passengers aboard was actively in psychiatric treatment at the time, reported the New York Times.

Pilot Andreas Lubitz “had seven medical appointments in the month before the crash, including three with a psychiatrist, and had taken eight sick days off work,” reported the Times. “Some of the doctors felt Lubitz was psychologically unstable, and some felt he was unfit to fly.”

According to the official investigator cited by the Times, Lubitz had expressed to his physicians that he could only sleep two hours a night, was anxious about losing his sight, and had doubled the dosage of the antidepressant mirtazapine that he was taking from 15 to 30 milligrams.

Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Feared Going Blind (New York Times, June 11, 2015)

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