Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz might had hidden his mental illness from his employer.
The 27-year-old co-pilot may have intentionally crashed the plane in the French Alps, killing all passengers on board. There wasn’t any suicide note left in the plane but there was torn-up sick notes were found which “supports the assumption that the deceased concealed his illness from his employer as well as his work environment.”
There were some reports that Lubitz may have been depressed and obtaining his medical papers could take several days. Investigators found a sick leave certificate valid for “several days” including Tuesday the day of the crash. They also found the certificate’s carbon copy, which is supposed to be presented to employers.
Germanwings Flight 9525, an Airbus A320, departed Barcelona en route to Dusseldorf on Tuesday morning. Around 30 minutes into the flight, the plane had reached a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet when it began to descend rapidly at a rate of 3,000 feet per minute, killing 144 passengers on board.