Officials: Germanwings co-pilot researched suicide methods, cockpit doors before crash
DUSSELDORF, Germany (CNN) – Officials say an analysis of a tablet belonging to Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot, shows that he researched suicide methods on the Internet just days before the crash.
Prosecutor Christoph Kumpa said that Lubitz also “searched for several minutes with search terms relating to cockpit doors and their security measures.”
A government official told CNN that while there are many holes in understanding Lubitz’ motivation for purposefully crashing the plane, but his Internet searches show that he was planning a crash.
Lubitz is accused of deliberately bringing down Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 people on board.
The cockpit voice recorder revealed that Lubitz had locked the pilot out of the cockpit before putting it into a fatal descent.
Investigators are focusing on his health as they try to figure out his motivation. They say he battled depression and that he hid medical leave notes from his employer that said he was unfit to work.