Saturday, March 28, 2015

Germanwings Co - Pilot "Signed Off Sick By TWO Different Doctors" For Day Of Disaster But Kept It Secret

THIS is what happens when "budget" criminal airlines draw their psycho "pilots" from the street and pocket the proceeds from the financial rape of passengers; Lufthansa can kiss their asses goodbye after lawsuits bankrupt company - and good riddance: MSM shills continue attempt to cover for airline corporate criminal masters, will be held personally responsible for lies   

By Richard SpillettNick Fagge In DusseldorfAllan Hall In BerlinPeter Allen In ParisStephanie Linning for MailOnline and David WilliamsRay Massey and Tom Kelly In Dusseldorf For The Daily Mail

Killer co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was signed off by two different doctors for the day of the Germanwings disaster but failed to tell his employers, it has been reported. 

The claims from German newspaper The Rheinische Post come after it emerged Lubitz may have crashed his plane due to fears he was about to lose his licence on medical grounds.

The pilot locked his captain of the cockpit on Tuesday before setting the airliner's controls to descend into a rocky valley, obliterating the plane and killing all 150 people on board.

Investigators revealed today that medical sign-off notes were found at Lubitz's home - including at least one that covered the day of the crash - and Dusseldorf University Hospital confirmed he had been a patient there over the past two months, although it would not disclose his condition.

More sick notes are said to have covered other days when he flew despite being told not to. But police said they found no suicide note in a five-hour search.

Speaking to MailOnline tonight, an airline spokesman stressed the company was unaware of any medical notes and said it had been Lubitz's responsibility to tell his employers he was unfit to fly.

Described as a man whose life-long obsession had been to become a pilot, it has been suggested he may have feared his flying licence might not be renewed on medical grounds.

Friends have told how Lubitz had a life-long obsession with flight, posting pictures of planes all over his walls as a child and taking gliding lessons at the age of just 14. 

Lubitz had built his whole life around becoming a pilot - with one friend saying 'would have died' if he had not have passed his flying exams - and even became a flight attendant while he waited to start his training. 

He was facing a potential medical examination that could have seen his pilot's licence removed and it is thought he may have feared mental or other health problems would bring an end to his dream.

Former BA pilot Alastair Rosenschein said pilots of Lubitz's age face regular medicals as well as simulator tests and can be grounded if they fail to pass. He told MailOnline: 'He may have known that his career was already over. He may have known that the end was in sight.'

Mr Rosenschein said that, in Britain, pilots under 40 face annual or bi-annual medicals and, as well as testing physical health, doctors often ask questions to assess pilots' mental health.

He added: 'However, it's difficult to see how a doctor could foresee something like this. There are no rules that someone who is having marital or financial difficulties cannot fly, I think the best way these things are identified if another pilot comes in an effectively "shops" another, but pilot's aren't very good at doing that.' 

Other possible explanations for Lubitz's actions are that he may have stopped taking his medication so it would not be detected in any medical tests or slipped into desperation during a crisis in his relationship.

The investigation was yesterday focused on Lubitz’s medical history and mysterious personal life, which police believe hold the key to why a man given the trust of an airline and its passengers could effectively murder them.

The disclosures will raise more questions for Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, as to how he was allowed to fly a passenger plane when he was known to suffer from depression – and to have suffered burnout and mental illness.

Lawyers believe the families of victims could win up to £100million in a joint action against Lufthansa and Germanwings, which had claimed Lubitz was ‘100 per cent fit to fly’ but then admitted he slipped through their safety net. 

Under the 1999 Montreal Convention, airlines are liable to pay £105,000 for each death – but may be forced to pay more if they are shown to have been negligent. Lufthansa last night offered up to 50,000 euros in immediate financial assistance per passenger.

The astonishment of the bereaved was summed up yesterday by Christian Driessens, from Belgium, whose brother Claude died in the crash. 

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He said: ‘Looking back, I slowly start to be angry. I don’t understand how a serious company can let a depressed man pilot a plane.

‘Because the boy was depressed, it was necessary to say he was. It’s not normal to leave somebody by himself in charge, and who shuts the doors, I’m very angry.'

Relatives spoke of their anger as the recovery operation continued at the crash site, where police today announced they have so far recovered between 400 and 600 pieces of human remains from the 150 people who died.

In a statement released this lunchtime, Ralf Herrenbrueck, a spokesman for the German prosecutors office, revealed that torn-up sick notes for the day of the crash 'support the current preliminary assessment that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and colleagues'.

Mr Herrenbrueck said documents found indicated 'an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment', but he didn't confirm details of what illness Lubitz was suffering from. 

Reports from German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung suggest documents were found both at his flat in Dusseldorf, and his parents' address near Montabaur. 

The newspaper also claims Lubitz had received treatment from a number of different physicians in psychiatric treatment. It is understood that one of them, based in the Rhineland, had provided him a certificate that wrote him off sick for some length of time. 

Speaking to the Guardian today, Dr Hans-Werner Teichm├╝ller, the president of Deutscher Fliegerarztverband, an association of German doctors examinations on pilots and crew, described Lubitz's actions as 'incomprehensible'.

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He told the newspaper: 'It’s utterly irresponsible that he flew even though he had a certificate saying he was not ready to work, and was therefore unfit to fly. Everything he did was highly criminal.' 

A spokesman for Germanwings told MailOnline that under German employment law it was the responsibility of an employee to inform an employer if they were deemed unfit to work. 

He said: ''We do not have the right to ask for this medical information from any employee. It is their responsibility to tell their superior, to tell their employer if they are sick.' He said doctors could not step in as the data would be protected. 

He added that Germanwings was responsible for annual medical assessments carried out for their pilots - bi-annually for those over the age of 40 - and that they could act on the results of those assessments.

Germanwings said later that the company had not been aware of Lubitz’s sicknote. In a statement, the company said: 'Germanwings would like to clarify that no medical note was presented to the firm for this day'.

German police are now investigating whether Lubitz had stopped taking any medication he was on and have questioned chemists at the Apotheke am Breidenplatz close to Lubitz's Dusseldorf flat.

Lubitz regularly collected a prescription from the pharmacy, MailOnline understands. A chemist at the Apotheke confirmed she had spoken to the police but declined to offer any details.

The chemist told MailOnline: 'The police have visited the pharmacy this morning. But I cannot talk about anything that occurs inside the pharmacy. We are required to protect all information about patients.' 

A clinic in Dusseldorf issued a statement yesterday saying that Lubitz had undergone treatment and ‘diagnostic evaluation’ with them for six weeks ending on March 10 but this had not been related to depression or mental illness. It is unclear if Germanwings had been aware of this.

The hospital says it has submitted Lubitz’s patient record to prosecutors in Dusseldorf.

As well as having been signed off from training with depression in 2008, it was reported this morning that Lubitz had continued to receive mental health support up until this week's crash.

New information about Lubitz's life emerged just hours after police investigating the disaster began a four-hour search of his flat, which he is said to have shared with a girlfriend. 

Yesterday, the boss of Germanwings admitted Lubitz had slipped through the ‘safety net’ and should never have been flying. It was also revealed that the fitness fanatic had suffered from depression and ‘burnout’ which had held up his career.

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He reportedly received a year and half of psychiatric treatment and was at one point recommended to be examined by a doctor before flying. 

But, incredibly, he passed his psychological assessments and was later considered fit to fly. 

Germany’s Federal Aviation Office confirmed this morning that Lubitz had a medical condition noted in his pilot’s records which required him to have a regular examination. 

It was reported this morning that during his education at the Lufthansa Flight School in Phoenix, Arizona, he was listed temporarily as 'unflyable'. 

It also emerged that on several occasions he was downgraded at flight school due to depression and in 2009 suffered a serious ‘depressive episode'. 

Lubitz seemed overwhelmed by stress after he started his pilot training course with Lufthansa, said the boss of fast food restaurant where he had previously worked. Detlef Aldolf told the Guardian that in 2009 Lubitz came into the Burger King near Montabaur.

He said: ‘I asked him how it was. He replied, “Too much stress. I’m going to take a break”.’

It was also suggested that Lubitz - who had worked as a cabin attendant for nearly a year before being accepted for flight training - may have been teased by other pilot's over his previous role.

A friend said: 'His nickname was "Tomato Andy" - a reference to his past employment as a flight steward'. 

Another friend told German newspaper Bild: 'He always had high ambitions but was considered to be second-league because he had been a flight attendant. He always wanted to fly long distance, above all to San Francisco. But he was always put off. Only later was he eventually allowed to fly European routes.'

Lubitz was said to be in a 'relationship crisis' with his girlfriend, whom German media claimed he had been with for seven years, in the weeks before the crash and was struggling to cope with a potential break-up, Bild reported this morning. 

Detectives are ‘vigorously’ investigating the possibility that heartbreak was behind the pilot’s horrific actions, Bild said.

Police refused to comment on who else lived with him in the smart top floor flat on the outskirts of Dusseldorf. Neighbours said the Lubitz's girlfriend was believed to be with her family 'grieving'. Police will want to interview her in detail about her boyfriend’s state of mind.

Lubitz is believed to have purchased two Audis from a dealership on the outskirts of Dusseldorf, near the apartment where he lived with his girlfriend - and planned to give one to her.

One of the cars had been delivered last weekend, just three days before the tragedy, Focus magazine reported. 

Habibalah Hassani, 53, who runs a pizza restaurant close to their flat said he had often seen the couple together.

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He told MailOnline: 'They were a very nice, friendly young couple. She was a polite and attractive woman. They would come in once maybe twice a week. He used to tip well, he was very generous.

'He had told me about his trip to San Francisco. I hadn't seen them for a couple of months before this happened.' 

It is believed Lubitz may have known the area his plane crashed in, having visited it with a gliding club when he was in his teens.

Ernst M├╝ller, of Montabaur aviation club told Le Parisien: 'I am certain that Andreas has participated at least once or two internships with us."

Fellow memeber Dieter Wagner added: 'Andreas has participated in one of these courses in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence with my niece, who was a good friend to him. He was passionate about the Alps and even obsessed.'

In a blunt admission yesterday, Carsten Spohr, the head of Lufthansa which owns the budget airline, admitted Lubitz had slipped through the safety net with devastating consequences.

‘The pilot had passed all his tests, all his medical exams,’ he said. ‘He was 100 per cent fit to fly without any restrictions. 

'We have at Lufthansa, a reporting system where crew can report – without being punished – their own problems, or they can report about the problems of others without any kind of punishment. All the safety nets we are all so proud of here have not worked in this case.’

Yesterday, as repercussions of Tuesday’s tragedy sent shockwaves through the airline industry:

Airlines across Europe reviewed safety rules and insisted that no pilot should be left alone in the cockpit;

Police urgently probed the background of Lubitz amid rumours that his personal life was seriously troubled;

Detectives have carried out a four-hour search of his flat, but are not thought to have found a suicide note.

Prosecutors yesterday revealed chilling recordings from the doomed aircraft showing that piano teacher’s son Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit so he could crash the plane into an alpine ravine.

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In audio files extracted from the plane's cockpit voice recorder - discovered on Wednesday at the remote crash site - the captain was heard growing increasingly distressed as he tried to force his way back into the flight deck. 

Reports in Germany this morning suggest the locked-out pilot may have resorted to using an axe in a desperate bid to get through the armoured door as the plane hurtled towards the ground.

However, it was claimed later today that the only axe on board the plane would have been in the cockpit, meaning the captain would not have had access to it.

Last night police raided Lubitz’s family home in a small town north of Frankfurt and an apartment in Dusseldorf, taking away a computer, laptop and other files. Lubitz is understood to have split his time between the two addresses.

Following last night's search of his flat, a police spokesman said: ‘We have discovered a number of things at his apartment which we will now examine and carry tests on to see if they are significant.

'We do not yet know of what significance they are,' said the spokesman, adding: 'No crucial piece of evidence has been found yet.' 

Airline chiefs confirmed Lubitz, who won an award for ‘outstanding’ aviation skills and dubbed himself ‘Flying Andy’, took several months off work in 2008 and had to retrain to join Germanwings. 

They are said to have been ‘stunned’ by the revelation that Lubitz waited for his captain to visit the toilet – and then locked him out

The picture of Lubitz which is emerging from his home town and Dusseldorf is of a man who, since he was boy, was determined to become an airline pilot - but who was repeatedly held back by mental health problems. 

A friend told Passauer Neue Presse: 'He wanted to become a pilot but he is mentally unstable.' 

At an extraordinary press conference yesterday, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin gave a disturbing account of the cockpit voice recordings extracted from black box. He said Lubitz locked his captain out after the senior officer left the flight deck.

At that point, Lubitz used the flight managing system to put the plane into a descent, something that can only be done manually - and deliberately. 

He said: 'The intention was to destroy the plane. Death was instant. The plane hit the mountain at 700kmh (430mph).

'I don't think that the passengers realised what was happening until the last moments because on the recording you only hear the screams in the final seconds'. 

Referring to Lubitz, Mr Robin said: 'He did this for a reason which we don't know why, but we can only deduct that he destroyed this plane. We have asked for information from the German investigation on both his profession and personal background'. 

Mr Robin said he had no known links with terrorism, adding: 'There is no reason to suspect a terrorist attack.'

And asked whether he believed the crash that killed 150 people was the result of suicide, he said: 'People who commit suicide usually do so alone... I don't call it a suicide.' 

Mr Robin, who had earlier briefed the families of the dead – and separately those of both pilots – said the screams of passengers aware of their fate could be heard in the final seconds of the recording.

Relatives of those killed in the crash visited the area yesterday. Locals in the Alps have offered to put them up, while Germanwings is setting up a family assistance centre in Marseille

Germanwings spokesman Thomas Winkelmann said: 'Our focus in these darkest hours is to provide psychological assistance to the families and friends of the victims of flight 4U9525.

'The suffering and pain this catastrophe has caused is immeasurable. No words can express it and no amount of consolation is sufficient but we want to be there for visiting family members and friends if our support is desired.' 

It also emerged today that his parents only discovered that their son was a mass murderer just minutes before the bombshell press conference by prosecutors in Marseille.

His mother, a piano teacher, and father, a successful businessman, were understood to be in the French city at the time of the announcement, but kept separate from the victims' relatives.

Their whereabouts are now unknown, but it is believed they are being questioned by police. Lubitz’s father Gunter and mother have both been questioned by police and are said to be ‘devastated’ by the revelations.

The couple's £400,00 two-storey detached home in Montabaur, a town 40 miles from Bonn where Lubitz is thought to have grown up, was also searched by detectives.

As a child, Lubitz is said to have always wanted to be a pilot and covered his bedroom walls with pictures of planes and collected model aircraft.

The mother of a former schoolmate of Lubitz said he had told her daughter he had taken a break from pilot training because he was suffering from depression. ‘Apparently he had a burnout,’ she added.

The grief of victims' families visiting the scene of the crash yesterday turned to anger when they heard the pilot was to blame.

But after the truth of what happened emerged, the mood changed, the interpreter said. 'There were screams, some people broke down in tears. It was very hard for them and us, too.' An interpreter who worked with them told La Provence newspaper: 'At first they were very calm, dignified. They wanted to know if their loved ones had suffered.'

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls urged patience on Friday but said the German airline had an obligation to share all information on Lubitz with investigators.

Mr Valls told iTELE: 'It is up to this company to provide a maximum of information so that we can understand why this pilot committed this dreadful act.'

The Germanwings tragedy has already led to a number of developments in the airline industry. 

The Civil Aviation Authority called on UK airline operators to review safety procedures, and easyJet was among several airlines to introduce rules so that two crew members are in the cockpit at all times. 

Compensation payouts from the tragedy could total more than £100million, with the families of each victim given around £700,000 each, depending on the victim's earning ability.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the revelations gave the tragedy a ‘new, simply incomprehensible dimension’. 

The fate of the Germanwings plane has chilling similarities to that of LAM flight 470 which crashed in Namibia in November 2013, killing all 27 passengers and six crew.

Air crash investigators believe the Embraer 190 jet was flown into the ground by the captain after his co-pilot went to the toilet.

In that case, the jet's captain, Herminio dos Santos Fernandes, was believed to have had serious personal problems at the time of his death.

When his co-pilot went to the toilet, flight data information recovered from the scene found that Fernandes manually changed the aircraft's altitude from 38,000 feet to almost 600 feet below ground level. He also pushed the aircraft's throttles back to idle and selected the jet's maximum operating speed.

Disturbingly, the cockpit voice recorder picked up the sound of the co-pilot pounding on the door in an attempt to regain access to the flight deck. 

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