Update: 13:00: Daily Mail reported that Andreas Günter Lubitz stopped his flight training in 2008 for several months because he was suffering from depression and “burnout”. Lubitz’ sole aim was to “destroy the plane.” Airline bosses said he had to retrain but was 100% fit.
Friends said he hadn’t been depressed recently and was happy in his job.
One blog said he was a Muslim convert who gave up his Muslim girlfriend when he committed to Allah. The blog is getting a lot of traffic but offered no facts. The reason I mention it is because it has legs on the Internet but it’s not based in fact.
Prosecutor Brice Robin said Andreas’ religion is “unknown”. He added, “I don’t think that’s where the answer to this lies.” If he doesn’t know his religion, how can he say it didn’t play a role?
There are sick people putting pages up on Facebook claiming he’s a Muslim martyr but the pages are taken down as soon as they go up. Anyone could do that and it proves nothing.
His mother, a piano teacher, and father, a successful businessman, are in Marseilles but are being kept away from the families of the victims.
The parents only learned of their son’s crime moments before the press conference according to the Daily Mail.
Family home in Montabaur pictured below.
The only oddity mentioned about Lubitz’ behavior was he was strangely quiet and courteous before the crash.
No matter what his motivation or his religion, he is a murderer and a terrorist.
Original Story: Andreas Lubitz, pictured above, deliberately killed himself and 149 other people when he crashed flight 9525.
Flight 9525 was deliberately put into a deliberate dive by the co-pilot before the crash.
During a press conference in Marseilles early Thursday morning, the prosecutor said the co-pilot appears to have locked the pilot out of the cockpit when he went to the bathroom. He deliberately crashed flight 9525.
The co-pilot is Andreas Lubitz a 28-year old German.
It is not being called a terrorist attack.
The pilot trying to bang down the door and terrified screams of passengers can be heard on the cockpit recorder.
The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet that crashed in the French Alps deliberately forced the plane into the descent that led to the disaster, the prosecutor said. He pressed a button that accelerated the Airbus A320’s descent when alone in the cockpit. “It was a voluntary action,” prosecutor Brice Robin said.
There were no words spoken in the cockpit but cries from passengers were heard crying and screaming in terror shortly before the plane crashed.
The co-pilot was breathing normally at the moment of impact and did not appear to be incapacitated.
The plane was traveling 790 kph upon impact and death was instantaneous.
It’s not being called an act of terror or of suicide by pilot. It’s a different act of terror, the prosecutor said. Lubitz had no obvious terror ties, the prosecutor said.
It’s too soon to know.
The First Officer was Andreas Lubitz, 28. He was “young”. He was from Montabaur, in Rhineland-Palatinate. He had 630 flight hours. He joined Germanwings in September 2013 straight from the Lufthansa Flight Training School in Bremen.
Someone put up a satire on Facebook, honoring him as a hero of the Islamic State. There’s a similar satire on Twitter.