The latest news we have from German prosecutors investigating the background of Andreas Lubitz, co-pilot of the Germanways Airbus A320 that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday, is that he was hiding the extent of his depression from his employer and was possibly disregarding advice from doctors to take a break from flying:

From the BBC:

Alps crash co-pilot Andreas Lubitz hid the details of an existing illness from his employers, German prosecutors say.

They said they found torn-up sick notes in his homes, including one covering the day of the crash.

In their report, Duesseldorf prosecutors did not say what illness Mr Lubitz had.

But German media have said aviation authority documents suggested he suffered depression and required ongoing assessment.

Prosecutors said there was no evidence of a political or religious motive to his actions, and no suicide note was found.




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