Wednesday 21 February 2018

Germanwings crash pilot Andreas Lubitz 'lied to doctors about flying'

Shortly after Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, deliberately crashed the plane killing 150 people, it emerged he had suffered from depression (AP Photo/Michael Mueller)
Shortly after Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, deliberately crashed the plane killing 150 people, it emerged he had suffered from depression (AP Photo/Michael Mueller)
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. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Debris from the Germanwings Airbus A320 is seen at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps March 29, 2015. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps allegedly lied to doctors, telling them he was on sick leave rather than flying commercial planes, it was claimed.

 (27) had sought medical attention to try and cure an eye condition, sources told the German daily Bild.

Although Lubitz gave doctors information about his job as a pilot, and in some cases about his employer Germanwings, he deliberately concealed the fact that he was still working, the paper said.

Bild said that documents available to the investigators had also revealed that Lubitz had said he was involved in a car crash at the end of 2014. He was apparently injured when the airbag opened and had complained of trauma and vision problems since the incident.

Investigators are still trying to work out the motive for why Lubitz would take the controls of the Airbus A320, lock the captain out of the cockpit and apparently deliberately steer the aircraft into a mountainside. All 150 people on board were killed in the crash last week.

According to medical records, Lubitz stated that he was taking medicines to treat depression, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, Bild said, adding the drugs were an antidepressant and the tranquilizer Lorazepam.

Germanwings parent Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) said on Tuesday that when Lubitz resumed pilot training in 2009 he provided the flight school with medical documents showing he had gone through a "previous episode of severe depression".

Reuters

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