Published On: Fri, Mar 27th, 2015

A320 crash: Lubitz hid the fact that he was on sick leave


The co-pilot of the Airbus A320 Germanwings, suspected of having caused the airbus 320 crash in the French Alps, hid that he was on sick leave the day of the accident.

As per documents are found “supports the fact” that Andreas Lubitz, 27, “hid his illness to his employer (the airline Germanwings) ” according to prosecutors.

Retrieved documents attest to an “existing illness and related medical treatments,” the source said. However, no farewell letter or letter announcing a premeditated act was found.

The German press said Friday that the first officer, described as sporty and “very competent” by his family, had suffered from severe depression during his pilot training, six years back.

He had also stopped training “for some time”, had said Thursday the head of the Lufthansa (parent company of Germanwings), Carsten Spohr. He said to not have the right to disclose the reasons for the interruption.

Searches were conducted Thursday at two homes of Mr. Lubitz at Düsseldorf (west) and in Montabaur, a small town between Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, where he lived part of the time with his parents.

The Airbus A320 Germanwings, which was to connect Barcelona to Düsseldorf, crashed Tuesday in the French Alps, killing 150 people, including Andreas Lubitz.