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FAA Germanwings Pilot's Mental Fitness Questioned 5 Years Ago: Report

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By    |   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 08:01 AM

The FAA reportedly questioned the mental fitness of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz five years before he crashed an airliner into the French Alps, killing everyone on board, The Associated Press reported.

Government records, posted online by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, show that Lubitz had applied for a U.S. pilot license while he was employed by Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, and was training to be an airline pilot at a flight school in Phoenix in 2010. As part of the application, he initially submitted a medical form to the FAA asserting that he had no mental disorders. He then resubmitted the form acknowledging he had been treated for severe depression from 2008 to 2009.

The FAA initially sent Lubitz a letter warning that his license application could be denied and giving him 30 days to provide a letter from his doctor describing his treatment and his current condition. The license was granted after his doctor described his treatment in letters and said he had recovered.

Lubitz had suffered an episode of severe depression because he was unable to cope with "modified living conditions," according to the letters. Lubitz was treated with two drugs, Cipralex and Mirtazapin, which, along with therapy, "enabled him to develop sufficient resources for getting on with similar situations in the future," the doctor, whose name was blacked out by the FAA, said in one letter.

Prosecutors believe Lubitz intentionally crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 while flying from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on March 24. Cockpit voice recordings indicate Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit after he had left. The captain can be heard on the recordings demanding to be let back in and trying to break down the door.

Lubitz and all 149 others on board the plane were killed in the crash.

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The FAA reportedly questioned the mental fitness of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz five years before he crashed an airliner into the French Alps, killing everyone on board, The Associated Press reported.
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