Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz and his girlfriend were reportedly expecting their first child together, according to numerous reports. Twenty-six-year-old Kathrin Goldbach allegedly told friends that she was with child and that she was excited to become a mother. According to the Christian Post, Lubitz had been living with Goldbach, a school teacher, in the German city of Dusseldorf for an unspecified amount of time. It is unclear if Goldbach knew of anything peculiar or noticed anything different about her boyfriend in the days leading up to the crash.
According to the Slate, Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings flight 9525 who authorities say intentionally downed the aircraft, broke up with his girlfriend days before the crash.
According to First Post, Lubitz reportedly told a former girlfriend that he was destined to do something big. Reports have been referring to the girlfriend as “Maria W.,” and have identified her as a 26-year-old flight attendant who once dated Lubitz.
“One day I’m going to do something that will change the whole system, and everyone will know my name and remember,” Lubitz said according to Maria W.
The Germanwings co-pilot’s ex-girlfriend spoke to the media about him and about things that he would do and say that were alarming. According to CBS News, Maria said that Lubitz “became a different person” when talking about work. She said that he seemed bothered by the pressure that came along with being a pilot and that he was unhappy with the money he was earning.
“He would suddenly freak out in conversations and yell at me. At night he would wake up screaming ‘we are crashing’ because he had nightmares. He could be good at hiding what was really going on inside him,” said Maria W.
Several media outlets have reported that Lubitz, 27, had been suffering from depression. Other mental illnesses have been speculated, but no one has confirmed whether or not he was diagnosed with anything.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Lubitz apparently had this all planned out. A voice recording has some chilling evidence about the final moments on board that aircraft, when Lubitz encouraged pilot Patrick Sondenheimer to use the restroom before allegedly locking him out of the cockpit.
“Preparing for landing?” Sondenheimer asked.
“Hopefully. We’ll See,” replied Lubitz.
Minutes later, Sondenheimer can be heard yelling for Lubitz to open the door, but the plane’s fate was already sealed. Lubitz crashed the Airbus A320, killing all 150 passengers and crew on board.
[Photo by Andreas Lubitz/Getty Images]