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Germanwings Airbus A320 crash: German police find no ‘smoking gun’ in pilot’s home

Police searching a home of the German co-pilot who officials say appears to have deliberately crashed a plane...

By: | Berlin | Updated: March 27, 2015 6:47 PM
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Media prepares for live transmission in front of the house of the family of Germanwings flight 4U 9524 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in Montabaur March 27, 2015. The German pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps killing 150 people broke off his training six years ago due to depression and spent over a year in psychiatric treatment, a German newspaper reported on Friday. (Reuters)

Police searching a home of the German co-pilot who officials say appears to have deliberately crashed a plane into the French Alps said today they had seized evidence but no “smoking gun”.

Officers combing through a flat kept by Andreas Lubitz in the western city of Duesseldorf said they had seized “various items and papers”, police spokesman Marcel Fiebig told AFP.

“We will see whether this will explain what happened — everything is being examined,” he said, adding that there was no “smoking gun” to shed light on a possible motive.

Duesseldorf prosecutors have opened a parallel inquiry to the main investigation underway in France as many among the 150 crash victims were from the German region.

Lubitz, who local authorities say was 27, spent most of his time at his parents’ home in the small western town of Montabaur.

That upscale residence on a quiet leafy street was also cordoned off by police yesterday and searched as camera teams massed outside.

Men wearing gloves came out carrying briefcases, bags and boxes, an AFP journalist reported.

The city’s public prosecutor said in a written statement that searches in Duesseldorf and other places were aimed at “the discovery and securing of personal documents” to help clarify the situation.

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