Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings airliner, who was also a participant in Lufthansa marathon in 2013, though dead in the crash but a mastermind of the mystery itself allegedly.
The latest of this now is that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 27, who crashed Germanwings Flight 4U9525 in the French Alps was treated for several suicidal tendencies according to german prosecutor who also re-emphasize saying had been in therapy for suicidal attempts before he was handed his pilot’s licence.
However a Psychotherapist, Mr Christoph Kumpa added: “He was being treated by a psychotherapist, for what is documented as being suicidal tendencies at that time.” He said there had also been several visits to doctors right up until the time of the crash, but these did not involve suicidal attempts but just a meager psychological depressions.
AND THIS IS HOW IT ALL HAPPENED—
• Black box: The final minutes on board the doomed Germanwings flight have been revealed.
A transcript from the black box voice recorder recovered from crash site reveals the pilot screaming at Andreas Lubitz to open the cockpit door
Captain Patrick Sondheimer pleaded with Lubitz to unlock the cockpit door before taking an axe to it in a desperate attempt to stop the plane crashing.
The circumstances leading up to the crash are now the subject of a police investigation.
“The co-pilot is alone at the controls,” said Brice Robin, a prosecutor in Marseilles on Wednesday, drawing on information gathered from the black box recorder. “He voluntarily refused to open the door of the cockpit to the pilot and voluntarily began the descent of the plane.”
Mr Robin said Lubitz had a “deliberate desire to destroy this plane. He … refused to open the door of the cockpit to the pilot and deliberately began the descent of the plane”.
German state prosecutors said on Thursday morning that they found evidence that Andreas Lubitz had hidden an unspecified medical condition from his employers.
“Documents with medical contents were confiscated that point towards an existing illness and corresponding treatment by doctors,” said the prosecutors’ office in Dusseldorf, where the pilot lived and where the flight from Barcelona was heading, reports Reuters.
“The fact there are sick notes saying he was unable to work, among other things, that were found torn up, which were recent and even from the day of the crime, support the assumption based on the preliminary examination that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and his professional colleagues,” they said.
The prosecutors said in a statement that the documents were found in searches of Lubitz’s homes in Duesseldorf and in the town of Montabaur in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
The Uniklinik hospital in Dusseldorf confirmed that it had treated Lubitz in recent weeks but said it was not for depression.
Meanwhile Bild, the German newspaper, reported that “Lubitz had a serious relationship crisis with his girlfriend before the disaster and the resulting heartbreak is thought to have led to this.
“Investigators are currently pursuing this line of enquiry with vigour.”
A former girlfriend of Andreas Lubitz, an air stewardess named as Maria W, 26, claimed on Saturday that Lubitz feared his illness would prevent him fulfilling his lifelong ambition of becoming a long haul pilot.
She told the German newspaper Bild: “He did it because he realised that because of his health problems his big dream of a job with Lufthansa; a job as captain and as a long haul pilot was as good as impossible.”
Maria, not her real name, added: “Whether relationship problems had anything to do with it I don’t know.”
A friend of Lubitz said: “His nickname was ‘Tomato Andi’ – a reference to his past employment as a flight steward,” adding that he worked for nearly a year for Lufthansa as a cabin attendant before being accepted for flight training.
On Sunday, it emerged that Lubitz may have been suffering from a loss in eyesight. The New York Times reported that had sought treatment at Dusseldorf University Hospital. Lubitz’s father was said to be “devastated, completely shattered” by his son’s act, according to a French official who spoke to him.
The parents of Andreas Lubitz have not spoken in public since the crash. They were questioned by French police during their stay in France and German police were due to talk them when they returned to Germany.
Bernard Bartolini, the mayor of Prads-Haute-Bléone, a small town near the site of the crash, said Lubitz’ father is is carrying on his back the entire weight of the drama. “He is a man whose life has broken down,” he said.
Mr Bartolini said he met them when they visited the crash site and attended a memorial ceremony nearby on Thursday along with families of the passengers and crew who died.
“He (the father) is a man whose life is in ruins. I felt incredibly sorry for him as he expressed all his emotion, he expressed his emotion because he has lost a loved one, but also because his son is perhaps the (cause) of all this tragedy,” he told BFM news agencies.