Millions of people think or say that – few do it. So you can hardly blame the girl for not passing it on until after Lubitz had so grotesquely fulfilled his promise.
His suicide by flying a planeload of passengers and crewmates into a mountainside was desperately sad. Tragic, extraordinary, probably unique.
Let’s hope it fulfils the other part of his prophecy by changing the system that enables a co-pilot to lock his captain out of the cockpit.
Consideration of Lubitz’s health – mental and physical – is not irrelevant, but it is secondary to that single, easily solved issue. A knee-jerk reaction to the events of September 11, 2001 which merely swapped one danger for another. Germanwings, and other airlines, have had plenty of time to think it through properly, and should have done so.
The other tragedy of this ghastly incident is the ignorant and repugnant commentary – on social and other media – of Lubitz’s reported depression. Some of the national headlines can only have added to the stigma faced by millions of sufferers who have never harmed anyone, except perhaps themselves.
In the words of the mental health charity Mind: “There will be pilots with experience of depression who have flown safely for decades.”