#Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Hid Medical Condition From Employer

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — Documents showing that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who is believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings jet into the French Alps on Tuesday, had a medical condition that he hid from his employer, prosecutors in Düsseldorf, Germany, said on Friday.

The documents, which were found in his home, included a torn-up doctor’s note allowing him time off from work because of an illness.

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Germanwings co-pilot nicknamed ‘Tomato Andy’ tore up sick note on the day he crashed jet and hid secret illness from the company, prosecutor reveals

  • Doug Kursk

    It is disconcerting to say the least that Air Canada is just now implementing the ‘two in a cockpit at any time’ rule. Where have they been since 9-11?

  • Micky C.

    Rather than pay another pilot to have redundancy in the cockpit (which would translate to higher fares), why not have a flight attendant sit in the cockpit when the flight crew go for their washroom breaks?

    • Censored_often

      This is U.S. procedure in addition to the two pilots. To answer your question more directly, in the case of illness or a medical emergency, a flight attendant cannot safely land the plane if the only certified pilot is unavailable.

      • Micky C.

        Can’t one person land the plane? And in extreme cases, can’t someone just tune in ILS and arm the brakes and spoilers. Just asking, I’m not really sure. I was wondering how automated the landing procedure can be. I’m sure there’s probably dozens of tasks to do to get approach, landing gear, flaps…. but I was just curious.

      • Micky C.

        My dreams of “Executive Decision” and the Airport series from the 70’s have been shattered.

        • Censored_often

          My dreams were shattered even before this movie:

          • Micky C.

            And here I wished growing up that a panicked flight attendant would come bursting out of the flight deck screaming, “Does anybody know how to play Flight Simulator?!”

  • The co-pilot of the Germanwings Airbus was a convert to Islam.


    He may have had a mental issue? So what. Lots do. The real question is, where did he get the idea he should commit suicide and take others with him?

    • Censored_often

      I have read numerous “reports” (purposely in quotation marks since I cannot verify their validity) that the co-pilot had numerous Muslim friends and colleagues and that his girlfriend was a Muslim. Any verification for this?

    • SDMatt

      Every single assertion that he was a revert leads back to that one and only link; I’d wait for more corroboration.

    • It’s just evidence lacking speculation at this point.

      • The evidence (Islam connection) to the above link is clearly lacking.

        But there does seam to be reasonable evidence that the man had some sort of mental problems.

        And anyone who knows Islam, knows that Islam uses mentally handicapped individuals to help spread Islam.

        So give it a little time. You can be sure that if there is an Islam connection the PC brigade is doing it’s best to hide this fact.

        But this story is too big. If this man had an Islamic religious awakening, the story will get out.

        • Censored_often

          There is a 100% indirect cause of this accident already linked to Islam, namely the locked cockpit safety procedures thanks to devout members of the religion of peace. Post-9/11 flight safety procedures have lead to this tragedy and madness.

      • Bataviawillem

        Micheal Mannheimer is a longtime journalist who, although he has an agenda, tells the truth.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Remote control drone those planes.