'Killer' pilot distraught over break-up, tore up sick note for the day of crash

By admin
27 March 2015

The Germanwings co-pilot who sent his airbus on a crash course for the French Alps was, killing 149 others on board, was suffering from a severe depression.

A search of the 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz flat in Duesseldorf and his parents’ house in Montabaur in Germany yielded torn-up sick notes.

One of the notes showed doctors had booked him off work for the day he locked the pilot out of the Airbus A320 cockpit and careered the plane into the mountainside.

'I don’t understand how a serious company can let a depressed man pilot a plane'

The doctor's nots “support the current preliminary assessment that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and colleagues,” prosecutor’s spokesman Ralf Herrenbrueck said in a statement. He didn't specify exactly what Lubitz was suffering from.

German paper Bild reported Lubitz and his girlfriend were having a “serious crisis in their relationship”, leaving him heartbroken.

Investigators did not find any kind of suicide note in either home.

In 2009, Lubitz was treated for for “a bout of serious depression”, which required ongoing psychiatric help.

According to Bild, the budget airline's parent company, Lufthansa, had provided this information to the country's aviation regulatory body Luftfahrtbundesamt (LBA).

Claude Driessens, whose brother perished in the crash, told Mail Online the co-pilot should not have been allowed anywhere near the cockpit.

"Looking back, I slowly start to be angry," he said. "I don’t understand how a serious company can let a depressed man pilot a plane."

"Because the boy was depressed, it was necessary to say he was. It’s not normal to leave somebody by himself in charge, and who shuts the doors, I’m very angry."

Sources: nypost.com, dailymail.co.uk

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