What We Know About The Germanwings Co-Pilot Accused Of Killing 149 People

Jessica Renae Buxbaum
This is what we know so far about the Germanwings co-pilot who deliberately crashed the plane, killing all people on board.

Germanwings crash, Andreas Lubitz in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

The Marseilles prosecutor, Brice Robin, said the Germanwings co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, “deliberately” crashed the plane after the other pilot left the cockpit. Here’s what we know about the 28-year-old pilot so far:

Lubitz received his pilot license as a teenager, and in 2008 was accepted into Lufthansa's pilot training program in Bremen. Lubitz took an 11-month break from his training, but was readmitted after passing several psychological and technological tests. Lubitz completed his training in Goodyear, Arizona, graduated in 2013 and joined the low-cost airline Germanwings in September 2013. The pilot completed 630 hours of flight time compared to the other co-pilot who had over 6,000 hours of flying time.

At a press conference, Germany’s federal minister of the interior, Thomas de Maizière, said investigators had not found any link to terrorism yet.

Acquaintances of Lubitz told the Associated Press that Lubitz showed no indication that he was depressed when they saw him last fall as he renewed his glider pilot’s license.

“He was happy he had the job with Germanwings and he was doing well,” Peter Ruecker, a member of Lubitz's glider flight club, LSC Westerwald, said. “He was very happy. He gave off a good feeling.”

Yet, a mother of a classmate told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that Lubitz confided in her daughter before Christmas that he taken a break from his pilot training because he was suffering from depression.

"Apparently he had a burnout, he was in depression,” the anonymous woman said.

The death notice on the LSC Westerwarld’s website said, “Andreas became a member of the club as a youth to fulfill his dream of flying.”

“He fulfilled his dream, the dream he now paid for so dearly with his life.”

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