As it became increasingly clear that the Co Pilot of the ill fated Germanwings flight had deliberately smashed his plane into the French Alps, authorities are scurrying to dig out all the details of the 28-year-old German, Andreas Lubitz, who was working for the budget airlines since September 2013. All the 150 people aboard the plane were killed.
Andreas Lubitz was qualified as a pilot at the Lufthansa training center in the northern city of Bremen. After completing his course Andreas immediately joined Germanwings. He had clocked more than 630 hours of flight experience. Andreas hailed from the western town of Montabaur and resided with his parents in a flat in Duesseldorf. The ill fated flight was going from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.
According to French Prosecutor Brice Robin, Lubitz did not surface on the terror radar and it is not known if he had any links to terrorism or extremists. German authorities are looking into his background and private life and details are expected by Thursday or Friday.
Lubitz is a registered member of a private flight club, LSC Westerwald. He was also a very avid runner and often took part in local races. The Captain of the two man crew has not been identified but it was revealed that he had 10 years of experience with Lufthansa and its subsidiaries. He had 6000 hours of flight time and most of them on Airbus planes. Lufthansa has said that it has no plan to reveal all the names of the flight personals to protect the privacy of the crew and its families.
Officials today revealed that Andreas Lubitz had first locked the cockpit and then smashed the plane into mountains. The latest revelation has sent a wave of horror across the German population. The residents of the German town of Montabaur who had known Mr Lubitz had showed no signs of depression when they saw him last.
Peter Ruecker, a member of a glider club who watched him learn to fly said, “He was happy he had the job with Germanwings and he was doing well. He gave off a good feeling.”
Andreas obtained his glider pilot’s license as a teenager and was later accepted as a Lufthansa pilot trainee after completing a tough German college preparatory school.
The club has paid tribute to him, saying, “With great dismay, the members of the LSC Westerwald e.V have heard of the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525. With horror we acknowledge that among the dead is a longtime member of our association.