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Andreas Lubitz Cited for 'Suicidal Tendencies' Before Getting License

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Co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525 Andreas Lubitz. (Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 01:05 PM

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who crashed a Germanwings flight on Tuesday in the French Alps, was treated by a psychotherapist for suicidal tendencies before receiving his pilot license in 2013.

The update came on Monday, with German prosecutors telling reporters that the investigation remains ongoing six days after the crash, The Associated Press reported.

Prosecution spokesman Ralf Herrenbrueck clarified, though, that while a therapy session from several years ago included "a note about suicidal tendencies," it's true that "further doctor's visits took place, resulting in sick notes without any suicidal tendencies or aggression against others being recorded."

Lubitz, 27, trained to become a pilot in both Germany and the Lufthansa training facility in Phoenix, Arizona, but Herrenbrueck did not say where the therapy took place.

Prosecutors have said that despite coming to know a great deal about Lubitz's life over the last few years, months, and even days, they have not found any evidence that directly illuminates his motive for deliberately slamming the plane into the side of a mountain.

Lubitz had received a third-class medical certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which is given to those who've been cleared of psychological problems including psychosis, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.

Germany's Federal Aviation Office said that Lubitz's file contained a notation about the need for a "specific regular medical examination," but did not elaborate further.

Lubitz and the 149 passengers on board Germanwings Flight 9525 died upon impact.



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