Experts: Co-pilot Who Crashed Plane Had Symptoms of ‘Psychotic Episode’
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After a Germanwings co-pilot sought the help of several doctors for depression and subsequently crashed a plane carrying 150 people into the French Alps, investigators pushed for a change in laws on Sunday, The Chicago Tribune reported.
An investigation into the crash found that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had seen dozens of doctors prior to the March 24, 2015 crash, according to the Tribune.
None of those doctors reported Lubitz’s depression to authorities, French investigation agency BEA told the Tribune. Neither did Lubitz.
"Experts found that the symptoms (he was presenting at that time) could be compatible with a psychotic episode," BEA investigation leader Arnaud Desjardin said to the Tribune.
Desjardin told the Tribune that Germany's confidentiality laws are strict and doctors are afraid of losing their jobs if they report something that isn’t really a threat.
"That's why I think clearer rules are needed to preserve public security," Desjardin said at a press conference in the French city of Le Bourget, the Tribune reported.
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