Did Germanwings Co-Pilot Have 'Suicidal Tendencies?'
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German prosecutors in Dusseldorf said today that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz may not have had suicidal thoughts at the time of last week’s crash, but that he did suffer from suicidal tendencies in the past.
The New York Times and CNN both reported that Lubitz had been treated prior to receiving his pilot’s license.
Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit last Tuesday when the captain got up to use the restroom, and the co-pilot then set the plane to a slow descent, crashing into the mountainside of the French Alps killing all 150 on board.
In a statement, the Dusseldorf’s prosecutor’s office said it has not identified a motive as to why Lubitz would have crashed the plane intentionally.
“In particular there continues to be no verifiable warning of such an act nor has any claim of responsibility been found,” the prosecutor said, adding that in talking to Lubitz’s friends and family that there was no “special situation that could serve as a viable indication of a possible motive.”
It was reported that police searched Lubitz’s apartment and found a note in his trash indicating that he was not able to perform his duties as a pilot. Antidepressant medication was also found; the notes appear to indicate Lubitz was having a vision problem that may have inhibited his ability to perform as a pilot.
Based on cockpit voice recordings that indicate Lubitz intentionally locked the pilot out of the flight deck and manually controlled the descent of the plane, prosecutors are also treating the crash as a murder case.
“Since the clues accumulated that the crash could have been premeditated, we have formed a murder commission with 50 specialized investigators,” the Düsseldorf police said in a statement according to the New York Times.
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