French Plane Crash Part 6: Torn sick note found in co-pilot’s home

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 27, 2015

Investigators have confirmed that a torn-up sick note was found in the home of 27-year old Andreas Lubitz, suggesting that he tried to hide his illnesses from his employer’s parent company, Lufthansa.

According German media, the investigation of Lubitz’s Dusseldorf flat turned-up no evidence of a suicide note or political as well as religious reference.

In a statement, the city’s Public Prosecution Service however said that medical documents confiscated from the apartment, showed that Lubitz had been placed on leave by his doctor with the period covering the date of the accident.

“The fact, that torn-up current sick notes were found which also cover the period of the day of the deed seem to support the assumption that he deceased had kept his illness from his employer and his colleagues,” the statement read.

“It will take a number of days to examine the treatment related documents as well as pertinent witness statement.”

It was earlier reported that Lubitz had been suffering from severe depression and anxiety, which led to the temporary suspension of his flight training back in 2009. He however recovered and managed to complete his tests before joining Gemanwings, Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary, in 2013.

Lubitz along with 149 other people were killed instantly after the Airbus A320 crashed near the town of Barcelonnette on Tuesday morning with investigators believing it to be intentional after data from the plane’s voice recorder, revealed that he had locked the pilot from the cabin before upping the plane speed, leading to it falling from 38 000 feet to 6 800 feet in less than eight minutes.

 

CAPTION: Remains of Flight 4U9525's voice recorder IMAGE sourced from flightclub.com

 

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