Co-Pilot Lubitz Had Suicidal Tendencies Years Ago

Prosecutors say he was in therapy for years before becoming pilot
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2015 10:34 AM CDT
In this Sept. 13, 2009, photo Andreas Lubitz competes at the Airportrun in Hamburg, Germany.   (AP Photo/Michael Mueller)

(Newser) – The man thought to have deliberately sent a Germanwings Airbus into the side of a mountain last week was treated for suicidal tendencies for several years before he became a pilot, German prosecutors said today. Andreas Lubitz underwent therapy "with a note about suicidal tendencies," reports the AP. "In the following period, and until recently, further doctor's visits took place, resulting in sick notes without any suicidal tendencies or aggression against others being recorded," said a prosecutors' rep in a statement today. Investigators had earlier found torn-up sick notes in Lubitz's home, though they say they've found no evidence of any physical illness.

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