‘Everyone will know my name’

Written By komlim puldel on Sabtu, 28 Maret 2015 | 20.01

The Germanwings co-pilot who 'deliberately' crashed the plane sought psychiatric help for depression in 2009

Investigation continues ... the personal life of Andreas Lubitz is being carefully looked at. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

GERMANWINGS co-pilot Andreas Lubitz last year told his girlfriend he was planning an act so heinous the world would remember his name before he this week intentionally crashed Flight 9525 into the Alps, killing all 150 aboard.

In a stunning revelation in German media, Lubitz allegedly told his 26-year-old flight attendant girlfriend known as Maria W that he was worried his psychological issues would affect his dream of becoming a captain and flying long-haul flights.

The woman had been with him for a number of years but broke up recently.

Lubitz, it was revealed, had wanted to win her back and bought two Audis, one for him, the other for her, but then had just his delivered.

Troubled man ... Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings airliner. Picture: Wolfgang Nass/BILD Source: Supplied

Andreas Lubitz's chilling prophecy

Maria W told Bild newspaper when she heard about the crash she recalled one of their last conversations.

"When I heard about the crash, there was just a tape playing in my head of what he said, 'One day I will do something that will change the system and everyone will then know my name and remember me'," she claimed he had told her.

"I did not know what he meant by that at the time, but now it's clear."

The black box voice recorder indicates that the Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit on Tuesday and flew the Germanwings aircraft into a mountain in a remote corner of the Alps killing 149 crew and passengers including two Australians.

According to Bild, the young woman, who was "very shocked", flew with Lubitz on European flights for five months last year, but separated because she said it was increasingly clear "he had a problem".

She said if he did intentionally crash the plane as claimed, "it is because he understood that because of his health problems, his big dream of a job at Lufthansa, as captain and as a long-haul pilot was practically impossible".

She also said Lubitz would wake up from nightmares screaming, "We're going down".

Evidence found ... sick notes saying Lubitz was unfit to fly were found in his home. Picture: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Lubitz had sick note for crash day

The claims come amid revelations from authorities the co-pilot had been in Dusseldorf University Hospital on March 10 and even had a sick note excusing him from work on the day he is suspected of having intentionally crashed the aircraft.

The German prosecutor's office said his medical records seized showed he had an existing unnamed illness and was being treated by doctors. They found torn up sick notes at his apartment in Dusseldorf.

"The fact there are sick notes saying he was unable to work, among other things, that were found torn up, which were recent and even from the day of the crime, support the assumption based on the preliminary examination that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and his professional colleagues," a spokesman for the prosecutors office said.

They have confirmed also his flying file at the Federal Aviation Office had a note which said he required "specific regular medical examination."

No suicide note was found or anything that hinted what he was about to do or political or religious agenda.

History of depression ... the apartment building where Lubitz lived. Picture: AFP/PATRIK STOLLARZ Source: AFP

Some of his friends have said he had suffered depression and had been in treatment with psychologists since 2009 for at least 18 months and was becoming increasingly withdrawn.

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls called on Lufthansa to provide all information they had on him.

German press has stated Lufthansa would have been well aware of Lubitz condition, his personnel file stating he suffered from "serious depressive episode" yet faced questions as to why they allowed him to continue flying.

Mr Valls said that Lufthansa should give the maximum of information "so that we can understand why this pilot got to the point of this horrific action" which he added that "everything is pointing towards an act that we can't describe: criminal, crazy, suicidal".

Others who knew Lubitz said he was "obsessed" by the Alps and knew the area of the crash well.

He was a gliding enthusiast and took part in at least one class organised by his local flying club in the French Alps' province where he brought down the flight reported the International Business Times according to an article published in the Le Parisien newspaper.

A club member told the newspaper that during the class the 28-year-old flew over the mountains he later chose to die on.

Knew him well ... Dieter Wagner, honorary member of the LSC Westerwald airfield, where Lubitz first learned to fly. Picture: Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Boyhood dream to fly ... The LSC Westerwald aviation club where Lubitz was a member. Picture: AFP/ROBERTO PFEIL Source: AFP

Germanwings pulls 'adventure' ads

Germanwings has pulled advertisements with the slogan "Get ready to be surprised" from London's underground station after Tuesday's deadly crash.

The posters featured a sultry-looking flight attendant with slogans like, "Enjoy the variety of Germany and fly to e.g. Berlin or Hamburg."

A Transport for London spokesperson told Metro.co.uk the posters and digital ads were being removed.

"Our advertising department was contacted by the company and asked to remove the adverts on Tuesday," the spokesperson said.

A Germanwings spokesperson said: "Germanwings has stopped any marketing activities in the UK until further notice and has removed posters and online campaigns. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and friends of the victims."

Bad timing ... Germanwings has pulled its poorly timed 'adventure ads'. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

Germany to hold memorial ceremony

Meanwhile, Germany will hold a national memorial ceremony and service for victims on April 17, regional authorities say.

The ceremony will be held at Cologne Cathedral in western Germany, a region from where many of the victims originated, and is due to be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck, a spokeswoman for the regional North Rhine-Westphalia government said.

Families and friends of the victims, as well as representatives from other countries affected by Tuesday's air disaster are invited, she said, adding they also wanted to enable anyone wishing to express their condolences to take part.

Gauck attended a memorial service Friday for 16 pupils and two teachers from a school in the western town of Haltern, who had been flying back from an exchange trip in Spain.

Half of the 150 people on the ill-fated flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf were German, with Spain accounting for at least 50 and the remainder composed of more than a dozen other nationalities.


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