The recent GermanWings crash gets more interesting everyday it seems:
…[I]nvestigators had found a sick leave certificate valid for “several days” including Tuesday — the day of the crash. They also found the certificate’s carbon copy, which is supposed to be presented to employers.
“It seems clear that he deliberately ignored the doctor’s directive,” a spokesperson said.
The revelation came after teams emerged late Thursday from Lubitz’s parents’ home in Montabaur — some 40 miles northwest of Frankfurt — carrying blue bags, a big cardboard box and what looked like a large computer. Another person who came out was shielded from reporters by police, the Associated Press reported.
No news as to whether the illness and sick leave note pertained to a physical or mental problem. But there’s this, too:
Amid questions over what could have driven Lubitz to down the Germanwings plane, German tabloid Bild reported that the pilot, whose training included a spell at a flight school in Arizona, received psychiatric treatment for a “serious depressive episode” six years ago and recently had a “severe relationship crisis.” NBC News has not confirmed the report.
Sad all around. Mostly because I fear this will lead to a stigmatization of mental illness.