The search for information continues as investigators found sick notes for the day of the crash in Lubitz’ apartment. It seems copilot Adreas Lubitz, who on Tuesday March 24 crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps killing all 150 passengers on board, hid medical papers from his employers.
Investigators inspected his apartment in Düsseldorf and his parents’ home in Montabaur, near Frankfurt and found a series of evidence that point out to Lubitz suffering from a condition he wanted to keep hidden. Criminalists are analyzing a theory that suggests the copilot was suffering from severe depression and intentionally crashed the plane.
According to Ralf Herrenbrueck spokesman of the prosecution, the torn-up sick notes given for the day of the crash “support the current preliminary assessment that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and colleagues”. He did not give any details in regards to the nature of the illness.
Such medical notes are a standard thing in Germany and patients can receive them even when suffering from minor illnesses.
Herrenbrueck also said that other medical papers found suggest “an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment” but that there was no suicide note. All the clues gathered from the two locations indicate there were no political or religious reasons behind his actions.
Representatives for Germanwing, which is under Lufthansa management, did not release any statements in regards to the newly discovered clues.
According to a German aviation official, Lubitz’s file which is located at the country’s Federal Aviation Office contained a “SIC” note, meaning he needed to go get “specific regular medical examination”. It is not yet clear whether the note was written due to a mental or physical condition.
Lubitz’s neighbors would have never imagined he was suffering from any kind of illness. He was described as a person that took care of himself.
German media mostly described Lubitz as a person who had a history of depression and who had received psychological therapy possibly needed due to a failed relationship. Despite these stories, German prosecutors refused to comment on these reports. Investigations are still in progress.
Carsten Spohr, Chief Executive at Lufthansa, said that Lubitz did take a “several months” pause during his training six years ago but “not only passed all medical tests but also his flight training, all flying tests and checks.”
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