Germanwings co-pilot researched suicide, cockpit door security – prosecutors

Thursday, April 2, 2015
By Paul Martin
April 02, 2015

German prosecutors say the Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who is believed to have deliberately crashed Flight 9525, researched suicide methods and cockpit door security in the days before the crash.

Investigators looked into Lubitz’s tablet computer searches between March 16 and 23 and discovered he was concerned about medical treatment and was studying various suicide methods, German prosecutors said on Thursday.

In the course of one day, his search queries included cockpit doors and their security measures. They added that personal correspondence and search terms on Lubitz’s tablet “support the conclusion that the machine was used by the co-pilot in the relevant period.”

Germanwings said on Thursday that the company had been unaware that Lubitz was suffering from depression during pilot training. Earlier this week, Germanwings parent company Lufthansa confirmed it knew Lubitz suffered from a bout of severe depression before finishing his flight training six years ago.

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