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Published on March 28th, 2015 | by Claudia Poposki

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Germanwings Co-Pilot not supposed to Work that day

The Germanwings co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had a sick leave note covering the day of the fatal crash. Prosecutors say, “The fact that there are sick notes saying he was unable to work [supports] the assumption, based on the preliminary examination, that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and his professional colleagues.”

Under German law, he was required to tell employers this. Reports alleged that Lubitz concealed the sick note from his employers.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, stated, “Everything is pointing towards an act that we can’t describe. Criminal, crazy, suicidal.”

Lubitz has had issues with depression and anxiety in the past, which has affected his ability to pilot. According to German newspaper Bild, in 2009, he had to break off his training because a “severe depressive episode” or “burnout-syndrome” and did not resume for 18 months.

In February this year, Lubitz attended Düsseldorf University Clinic for an illness that was not diagnosed as depression. He attended the same hospital again on March 10th.

The theory that Lubitz’s depression was the caused the crash has been suggested by German media. However Bild newspaper has stated that Lubitz suffered from a “personal life crisis,” following a recent breakup with a girlfriend.

Ex-girlfriend Maria*, 26, described Lubitz as “tormented” in an interview with Bild. Maria told Bild that when she heard about the crash she remembered Lubitz saying he would do something “that would change the system” and “make everyone remember” him.

“When I heard about the crash, there was just a tape playing in my head of what he said: ‘One day I will do something that will change the system and everyone will then know my name and remember me.’

“I did not know what he meant by that at the time, but now it’s clear.”

European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) stated in wake of the incident, that in future two crew members should be present in the cockpit at all times, urging all airlines to adopt this new safety policy.

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Claudia Poposki

Hey! I'm a third year journalism student at UOW. I sell shoes when I'm not studying. I am interested in rights issues and how they are interpreted in the media.



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