Probe into co-pilot’s mental state

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Published: Monday 30th March 2015 by The News Editor

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European investigators are focusing on the psychological state of the 27-year-old German co-pilot who deliberately crashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside, according to a French police official.

Returning from a meeting with counterparts in Germany, judicial police investigator Jean-Pierre Michel said that authorities want to find out “what could have destabilised Andreas Lubitz, or driven him to such an act”.

Lubitz was the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, which slammed into a mountain near Le Vernet, France, last week en route from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany.

Germanwings chief operating officer Oliver Wagner was meeting relatives of the victims today in the south-eastern French city of Marseille.

He said a total of 325 family members have come to France.

Published: Monday 30th March 2015 by The News Editor

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