The co-pilot of downed Germanwings flight 9525 had received psychiatric treatment for a ‘serious depressive episode’, German tabloid Der Bild reports.
Andreas Lubitz, 27, is believed to have locked the pilot out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps, killing all 150 on board.
The incident has shocked many, among them, Lubitz’s former neighbour:
“I’m really upset about what happened,” he said. “So many people died just because [of] one person, who maybe is so depressed that he wants to take his own life and 150 others. It’s horrible. I can’t believe a person can do this.”
Der Bild claims he received medical care for around one and a half years, six years ago.
Lufthansa officials confirmed Lubitz took a break from commercial pilot training, but did not confirm why, simply saying he passed all mandatory tests upon his return to the programme.
An official investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash, with raids on the co-pilot’s Dusseldorf apartment and his parents’ residence in Montabaur.
Meanwhile, retrieved black box recordings have helped investigators to begin to piece together what might have happened in the run-up to the crash.
This is what experts believe happened in the moments before the Germanwings plane came down in the French AlpsPosted by ITV News on Thursday, 26 March 2015