Wednesday 24 January 2018

Pilot taken off flight after he threatens to crash plane if wife ends marriage

A French rescue worker inspects the remains of the Germanwings Airbus A320, after pilot Andreas Lubitz allegedly crashed on purpose Credit: Gonzalo Fuentes
A French rescue worker inspects the remains of the Germanwings Airbus A320, after pilot Andreas Lubitz allegedly crashed on purpose Credit: Gonzalo Fuentes

David Kearns

A packed flight was stop moments before it was due to take off after Italian police learned its pilot had threated to kill himself and everyone on-board if his wife ended their marriage.

Officers at Fiumicino Airport in Rome were alerted by the man’s estranged wife after he sent her a text message threatening to crash the plane if she left him.

The unnamed pilot, who is his 40s, was taken off the flight, bound for Tokyo, and replaced with another without the knowledge of the passengers on the plane, reports the Italian media.

The incident happened last January and has only now come to light.

It took place two months before German pilot Andreas Lubitz allegedly crashed Germanwings Airbus A320 into the Alps, killing 150 people.

Lubitz had been declared unfit to work by a doctor but did not tell his employer Lufthansa.

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