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  1. barbara capper
    December 19, 2015

    Thank you Dr. Davey for your wonderful thoughts on this website. Pan Am airstewardesses were the epitome of class, glamour and efficiency. I will never forget those aboard Pan Am 103 especially at this time. I have been in contact with some of the families over the years and they are just lovely. December 21st never passes for me without thinking about them. Keep up the great work.
    Regards
    Barbara Capper
    Dublin
    Ireland

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  2. Anne Sweeney
    April 25, 2015

    News coverage of recent air disasters was changed forever by the first Malaysia crash. The coverage was incessant, irresponsible, and often ridiculous. Thanks to ill-informed news reporters we now have articles coming out suggesting that “we let the planes fly themselves.” The situation in Malaysia was made worse by the fact that its government and airline management were not equipped to handle the crisis and not very forthcoming about either crash. In contrast, the Lufthansa/German Wings crisis management has been outstanding. The media’s behavior has not. At one point, Lufthansa’s PR Department sent a letter to all their media contacts asking them to stop contacting the families of the victims. The coverage was particularly appalling in the UK and in the Murdoch-owned papers in the US, Canada and Australia. However, news media across the board kept talking about “depression” and stigmatizing those who suffer from it. There is no excuse for this kind of ignorance in 2015. As someone who suffers from depression, I can tell you that seriously depressed people cannot get out of bed, much less muster the energy to fly a plane into the ground.

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  3. Helen Davey
    April 11, 2015

    B.A, Yes, he certainly suffered from his demons. But as a psychotherapist, I felt so frustrated at the “experts” who were talking about his “depression” as though it was depression that caused this. This kind of misinformation only serves to make people who are depressed feel even more ashamed of their diagnosis. At the very least, he suffered from a huge personality disorder that he was able to keep hidden from others. I just hope this doesn’t discourage pilots from seeking help for depression because of more intensive scrutiny.

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  4. BA Miller
    April 10, 2015

    And while we may never know the true depth of Germanwings F/O Lubitz, it can be said that he suffered from his demons. His selfish act, of taking the lives, who he was to safeguard, can never be explained. For me, personally ,the grief is worsened in that this was a deliberate, calculated action, not mechanical. To err is human, his err cost one hundred and fifty lives.

    BA

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  5. Helen Davey
    April 10, 2015

    Renate, this certainly strikes a nerve in all of us, doesn’t it?

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  6. Helen Davey
    April 10, 2015

    Paul, I gave a lot of thought to this same troubling issue. If you remember, when the EgyptAir crash happened, there was nothing near the media coverage at that time about it. It was only when I read about it in The Atlantic Monthly much later that I grasped the horror of it. With Germanwings, the incessant news and blow by blow description of Breaking News held us all captive for days. Many people have never even heard about the EgyptAir disaster, even though the passengers were from many countries. Certainly when the Malasia incidents happened, the coverage was constant.

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  7. Paul
    April 9, 2015

    This is indeed a tragic event for all of us in the airline business.
    I do wonder why this incident which parallels, the Egypt air pilot who committed the same hideous act is so much more traumatic. Do we value ones ethnicity for trauma more then others.
    The German Wings affected me much more then the other. I question my compassion on these events. I’ve dealt with PTSD since the 60s and it doesn’t get any easier.

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  8. Renate Barreras
    March 27, 2015

    So very sad, one person’s trouble and then all these peoples lives were taken. I feel for everyone and their families.

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