Unfortunately, we don’t have a black box inside a person’s head, and it’s therefore impossible to know exactly what was going through the mind of the German co-pilot who apparently deliberately crashed Lufthansa’s Germanwings airplane, killing 149 people plus himself. I personally don’t believe this was an act of terrorism–we certainly don’t have all the facts yet–but you have to wonder, “Exactly how depressed do you have to be to commit this kind of atrocity?” Was the co-pilot showing signs of distress in the days leading up to the accident, and why is it that many airlines don’t do routine psychological testing?

The CEO of Lufthansa has said the co-pilot was 100% fit to fly, yet this seems obviously to contradict the facts, and I wish the CEO were less concerned with covering his company in terms of liability and more concerned with the extreme loss of life whereby 150 people died in a matter of minutes.

Although we certainly don’t have all the facts, and may never know exactly what Andreas Lubitz was thinking, I’m saddened at the apparent legacy of destruction he has left behind, sad that his family must live with the knowledge that this was in all likelihood a mass killing that he orchestrated when he seized the opportunity to lock the pilot out of the cockpit and send the plane on its path to destruction. How desperate and depressed do you have to be to take the life of 149 strangers? How could this possibly have been prevented?

The vast majority of airline flights are perfectly safe, yet it seems so random and horrific that these individuals get on a flight, fully anticipating that they will arrive without incident, and then their lives end in the French Alps, all because the co-pilot was obviously not fit to fly.