Germanwings Pilot Tore Up Doctor’s Note Excusing Him from Work on Day of Crash

Investigators looking into the cause of the Germanwings crash announced today that they found evidence pointing to the conclusion that pilot Andreas Lubitz was intentionally hiding an unknown illness from his employers, including a torn-up doctor’s note excusing him from work the day he allegedly crashed the plane into the Alps.

Recordings from the plane indicate that Lubitz had intentionally locked his co-pilot out of the cockpit, overrode the autopilot, and manually flew the Airbus A320 into the mountains, killing more than 150 people on board.

According to the AP, investigators searching Lubitz’s two residences in Germany discovered documents referring to “an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment,” as well as the aforementioned doctor’s note, which prosecutors say indicates that “the deceased hid his illness from his employer and colleagues.” (Doctor’s notes excusing people from work are common in Germany.)

It’s unknown what the malady was — a German newspaper reported that Lubitz suffered from depression and underwent psychiatric treatment for 18 months — but his neighbors say it could not have been physical, saying that Lubitz never smoked and was an avid runner. In addition, Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, said that Lubitz “not only passed all medical tests but also his flight training, all flying tests and checks,” while the US Federal Aviation Administration

Prosecutors so far have declined to comment on the nature of the illness.

[h/t MyNorthwest]
[Image via The Telegraph]

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