Pilot in Germanwings crash may have hid medical condition

In the latest twist in the tragic and disturbing story of Germanwings flight 9525 that crashed on Tuesday, the New York Times reported that the co-pilot, who was in control of the plane at the time of the crash, had a medical condition that he hid from his employers.

Prosecutors in Düsseldorf say that a search of Andreas Lubitz’s home revealed medical documents, including a doctor’s note excusing him from work duty on the day of the tragic crash, and another torn up document. According to New York Times:

Prosecutors said that among the items found at Mr. Lubitz’s home was a doctor’s note excusing him from work on the day of the crash, and another note that had been torn up. These documents “support the preliminary assessment that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and colleagues,” the prosecutors said in a statement.

The German investigators said they had not found a suicide note or “any indication of a political or religious” nature among the documents from Mr. Lubitz’s apartment. “However, documents were secured containing medical information that indicates an illness and corresponding treatment by doctors,” Ralf Herrenbrück, a spokesman for prosecutors in Düsseldorf, said in a statement.

Investigators are remaining tight-lipped at this time as to the nature of Lubitz’s illness and whether it was a form of mental illness.

According to the Federal Aviation Office of Germany, a medical certificate had been issued to Mr. Lubitz that cleared him to fly while also noting a medical condition that as of yet is unknown.

In other words, while new information is coming to light it’s all shrouded in vagueness for the time being. Presumably investigators are seeking to obtain clear answers and to avoid a public rush to judgement before all the facts are in, which is admirable. But until then the plot thickens.

[New York Times | Photo: Telegraph]