French prosecutor said that the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings Airbus A320 locked his captain out of the cockpit before deliberately crashing into a mountain to ‘destroy the plane’.
He revealed that the pilot, which is now being held responsible for the death of 150 people onboard, is Andreas Lubitz, a German citizen.
The information released by authorities investigating the crash about the co-pilot has been sparse, but here’s what we know about Lubitz.
1. Lubitz was a 28-year-old from Montabaur, a town in the district seat of the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and lived with his parents.
2. He began working for Germanwings in September 2013 and had 630 hours of flight experience.
3. Lubitz was registered as a member of a private flight club, LSC Westerwald, and was an avid runner who often took part in local races.
4. His Facebook page lists his interests as aviation and music.
5. Minutes before the plane crashed, Lubitz “was breathing normally, it wasn't the breathing of someone who was struggling”.
6. He was not known to have terrorism links or extremist links.