As risks have evolved from being phenomenological occurrences in the natural world, the twenty-first century is in many ways the era of man-made risk and man-stoked fires.
But the physician didn't inform aviation authorities or the airline about Andreas Lubitz's illness, a report has found.
In previous crashes, a second pilot has not been able to take control back from a suicidal pilot.
May 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday announced that a joint government-industry group
Are you a fearful flyer? Many travelers admit to some level of uneasiness associated with air travel and, odds are, you may be feeling a bit more anxious than usual since the recent Germanwings plane crash involving a suicidal co-pilot.
France's air accident investigation agency released an interim report that explains Andreas Lubitz unexpectedly reduced flight altitude for several minutes on another flight the same day of the fatal crash.
These findings suggest that mental illness is neither a sufficient nor necessary cause of violence. Rather, like the rest of the population, a nexus of variables must be considered when attempting to predict something as complex as human behavior.
Countless media outlets have speculated strongly that mental illness -- particularly depression -- may have been the cause of the Germanwings tragedy. Here's why this troubling: It highlights the media's -- and by extension our society's -- tendency to view mental health difficulties as permanent.
It's dangerous to let our understandable outrage at the senseless loss of life cloud the harsh reality that it's time for us to accept that this outwardly healthy "boy next door" co-pilot from a quaint village in Germany could be our son, our next door neighbor, our father -- he could even be us.
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) compared President Barack Obama to Andreas Lubitz, the pilot who downed the Germanwings
In the wake of the Germanwings crash, questions abound about what happened, what was going through the mind of co-pilot Andreas
Two European publications are reporting that there is cell phone video taken from inside the Germanwings A320 aircraft that shows the flight's final moments but French investigators are calling it a hoax.
It's a huge misgiving to solely place blame on "suicidal tendencies" during horrendous events like the Germanwings crash, because it conflates suicide with the intention to hurt other people.
Lubitz traveled to the French town of Sisteron, about 30 miles away from the crash site, regularly between 1996 and 2003
A Lufthansa spokesman declined to comment. However, the company and its low-cost subsidiary Germanwings took out full-page