The Horror

Officials have found torn up documents and “sick notes” from a doctor as they attempt to try to find some explanation for why Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed a Germanwings flight into the French Alps. There have been many breathless reports suggesting that Lubitz’ alleged depression could have played a factor. Let’s not push the depression label go too far. I’ve suffered from depression, but I never locked myself in a cockpit and murdered 149 people.

+ Slate’s William Saletan: “If you lock yourself in the cockpit of a commercial airliner and take 149 people down with you, that’s not suicide. It’s mass murder.”

+ “In the final moments before annihilation, the recorder registered the hammering of the captain’s fists and feet against the door, the screams of passengers, and the quiet, steady rhythm of Lubitz’s last breaths. The horror.” The New Yorker’s Philip Gourevitch on a bewildering crash.

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