Andreas Lubitz, who is suspected of intentionally crashing a Germanwings flight last week, killing all 150 people on board, was treated for “suicidal tendencies” it has been revealed. A public prosecutor said, “several years” before he became a pilot he “had at that time been in treatment of a psychotherapist because of what is documented as being suicidal.”
While no dates were given, Lubitz enrolled in training in 2008 and became a pilot in 2013. He was diagnosed with a serious depressive incident in 2009, receiving a year and a half of treatment. There is apparently no documentation to support the claims that Lubitz was losing his vision.
61 year-old trucker Dennis Brantner has been arrested and charged with first degree murder. He is accused of killing 18 year-old Berit Beck in 1990. Beck’s body was found in a ditch in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin weeks after she went missing.
Brantner had been named as a suspect early last year, and now police say new evidence points to only him. Beck was heading home from a seminar when she disappeared. It is believed she went to a Walgreen’s, which is the last place she was seen alive.
A police search of the apartment belonging to Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz found a “small mountain of anti-depressants” and evidence of his insecurity and struggle with depression. Lubitz had planned on marrying girlfriend, Kathrin Goldbach, but she broke up with him only weeks before the crash due to his controlling ways and erratic behavior.
Lubitz locked the pilot, captain Patrick Sondheimer, out of the cockpit and deliberately flew the plane into the French Alps earlier this week, killing all 150 people on board. He also had deteriorating blurred vision and was fearful that this would cost him his pilot’s license, causing him to “leave on the edge.”