As more details emerge in the Germanwings crash investigation, news that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz — who is being accused of intentionally flying the Airbus a320 into the mountainside — was a deeply troubled man is surfacing.
The shocking development has made an already-heartbreaking tragedy a senseless one for the families of the 144 passengers and six crew members, who perished when the plane traveling from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany, crashed in the French Alps. The conclusion that the 28-year-old co-pilot had crashed the Germanwings plane purposely is completely incomprehensible.
Investigators visited the two homes Lubitz lived at to try to discover any clues as to why the co-pilot would take such drastic measures, killing 150 innocent people. As reported earlier by the Inquisitr, Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit as he flew the aircraft at approximately 500 miles per hour in the moments prior to the crash that shattered the Airbus a320.
According to a report in The Australian, investigators have some clues that indicate the Germanwings crash was caused by the co-pilot, who was suffering a “personal life crisis.” However, authorities refused to elaborate as they sift through all the information they took away.
Police descended upon Lubitz’s two homes in Germany — one of them he reportedly shared with his parents — to take evidence away. Investigators said they had made a “significant discovery,” which is not a suicide note.
Captain Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa CEO, said earlier he was speechless because the Germanwings co-pilot had passed all tests with flying colors. However, he had less than 700 hours of experience in the cockpit. While he was locked inside the cockpit, Lubitz allegedly programmed the auto-pilot system to descend from 38,000 feet to 100 feet, which meant certain death for all on board.
“During his training at Lufthansa Flight School, Andreas L was listed as unsuitable for flight duties because he spent one and a half years in psychological treatment and so he had to repeat courses. The reason was evidently depression,” an anonymous source claims.
Brice Robin, the prosecutor in charge of the case, revealed what the investigators discovered while listening to the information in the cockpit voice recorder. Lubitz did not say a word during the entire ordeal, as the pilot desperately banged on the door to try to gain access and passengers were heard screaming in the background.
A report in the German newspaper Bild, Lubtiz had recently broken up with his girlfriend. The crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 is being described one of Europe’s worst mass murders since World War II.
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