Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr has said Lubitz was “100% fit to fly” (see video below), a statement that may not sit well with grieving families. As police search the home of Germanwings Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who purposefully crashed the plane and took the lives of everyone on board, the world waits for answers. Who was Lubitz, and why did he commit this unthinkable act?
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 26, 2015
Lubitz was a 28-year-old German citizen. He lived with his parents in Montabaur, Germany, which lies between Frankfurt and Bonn. Presently, police are stationed outside the house amid heightened press coverage. Lubitz is also reported to have a residence in Dusseldorf, where he was based out of for his job with Germanwings. Lubitz joined Germanwings immediately after completing his training in September of 2013. He trained at the Lufthansa Flight Training School in Bremen. He was included in an elite aviation database at the time of his training graduation for “meeting or exceeding high educational, licensing and medical standards.”
In his short career, he had only accumulated 630 hours of flying time. (The pilot of the flight had over 6,000 hours and 10 years of experience.)
Lubitz is not known to authorities as a terrorist, nor is there any evidence of terrorism.
He had apparently visited the U.S., as the first photograph obtained of Lubitz shows him in San Francisco in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.
On the black box recorder, Lubitz can be heard to be breathing normally all the way up to the moment the plane crashed into the mountains. He never replied to the pilot who was yelling and beating on the cockpit door, nor did he respond to air traffic controllers.
Lubitz never spoke a single word as he took the plane down, killing himself and all 149 others on board.