Police have searched the two homes of Andreas Lubitz (above), co-pilot of Germanwings flight 9525, for clues to what led him to crash the plane into the French Alps on Tuesday.
“Both the residence of the co-pilot in Dusseldorf and the residence in Montabaur have been searched,” senior prosecutor Ralf Herrenbruck announced.
Police were seen carrying briefcases, bags and boxes from the 27-year-old’s family home in Montabaur.
Investigators say voice recordings from the cockpit show Lubitz deliberately locked the captain out of the cockpit and set the plane’s controls to crash, killing 150 people including himself. The co-pilot is believed to have been conscious until impact.
Lubitz, a German national, had worked for Germanwings since 2013 and had 630 hours flying experience. There was no sign the crash was an act of terrorism, but there has been no other explanation for his actions.
“His act could only have been voluntary,” one prosecutor said. “He had… no reason to stop the pilot in command from coming back into the cockpit. He had no reason to refuse to answer to the air controller who was alerting him on the loss of altitude.”
The incident has raised questions about the mental health of aviation staff but Trevor Jensen, airlines operations executive, said potential pilots already had access to psychological testing. “It goes into all aspects of personality and they are very detailed. The psych tests take a good part of a day,” Mr Jensen said.
Investigators are now focusing on whether Mr Lubitz had any possible motive to crash. – Compiled from web sources by Keisha Miller
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