The CEO of Lufthansa, Carsten Spohr, called the Germanwings co-pilot who deliberately crashed the plane “100% fit to fly” in a press conference today.
Spohr expressed disbelief at the act committed by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz. Emerging details from the plane’s black box recorder revealed Lubitz deliberately put the plane into a steep descent, refused to open the locked cockpit door to allow the pilot reentry, and was breathing normally until the final moment of impact.
According to Lufthansa, Lubitz, 28, was cleared to fly, and there were no known reasons to consider him unfit.
Lubitz received his pilots training at the Lufthansa Flight Training School in Bremen. After that, he immediately joined Germanwings in September 2013.
Lubitz was included in a “prestigious” aviation database at the time of his graduation for “meeting or exceeding high educational, licensing and medical standards.”
He only had 630 hours of total flight experience.
Lubitz, a German citizen, was living in Montabaur, Germany with his parents. He is also said to have lodgings in Dusseldorf.
Authorities do not know of any connection between Lubitz and terrorist groups. The crash is currently being treated as a suicide and mass murder.