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  1. Germanwings plane crash co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’ suicidal tendencies went unnoticed

Germanwings plane crash co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’ suicidal tendencies went unnoticed

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane, was treated for suicidal tendencies...

By: | Duesseldorf | Published: March 30, 2015 9:17 PM
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A French rescue worker inspects the debris from the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps March 29, 2015. The young German co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board including himself, told his girlfriend he was in psychiatric treatment, and that he was planning a spectacular gesture that everyone would remember, the German daily Bild reported on Saturday. Picture taken March 29, 2015. REUTERS

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane, was treated for suicidal tendencies “several years ago”, before he received his pilot’s licence, German prosecutors said today.

“In the ensuing years and up until recently, he had doctors’ visits and was written off sick but showed no sign of suicidal tendencies or aggression towards others,” said Ralf Herrenbrueck, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in the western city of Duesseldorf.

He said in a statement that prosecutors would “not take part in speculation about the deceased co-pilot’s motives”.

Herrenbrueck said based on the evaluation of medical documents and the testimony of people who knew the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, there was still no indication that he had told anyone of his plans or left behind a suicide note.

Debris from the Germanwings Airbus A320 is seen at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps March 29, 2015. The young German co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board including himself, told his girlfriend he was in psychiatric treatment, and that he was planning a spectacular gesture that everyone would remember, the German daily Bild reported on Saturday. Picture taken March 29, 2015.    REUTERS

Debris from the Germanwings Airbus A320 is seen at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps March 29, 2015. The young German co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board including himself, told his girlfriend he was in psychiatric treatment, and that he was planning a spectacular gesture that everyone would remember, the German daily Bild reported on Saturday. Picture taken March 29, 2015. REUTERS

“Nor have particular circumstances been identified in his personal or professional environment to offer verifiable evidence about a possible motive,” he said.

Medical files did not point to any “organic disorder”, Herrenbrueck said.

But he added that Lubitz underwent psychotherapy several years ago, before he became a pilot in 2013, “for a long period due to diagnosed suicidal tendencies”.

However doctors treating him recently found no sign he intended to hurt himself or others, Herrenbrueck said.

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