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Did Andreas Lubitz Spike Germanwings Captain’s Coffee?

One of the remaining questions in the Germanwings plane crash concerns the timing of the co-pilot’s decision to commit mass murder/suicide. Andreas Lubitz needed to lock the captain out of the cockpit to put his plan into motion. What would have happened if Captain Patrick Sondheimer did not have to use the bathroom?

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Police probe if woman faked link to crash victim for flights

BERLIN (AP) — German police are looking into whether a woman claimed to be a relative of a victim of last month’s Germanwings crash to get free flights to southern France. Germanwings parent Lufthansa organized special flights for victims’ relatives

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Has Obama Just Locked the Cockpit Door?

Andreas Lubitz, copilot on Germanwings flight 9525, waited until his captain left the cockpit, then deliberately locked the door and changed the code. Once that was done, he cold-heartedly programmed the plane into a steep descent. After that, he breathed easy.

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Report: Germanwings Co-Pilot Surfed Gay Porn and Suicide Websites Before Crash

The picture of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’ troubled state of mind grows more complex with the revelation, reported by International Business Times, that investigators have discovered that Lubitz “trawled the dark side of the web visiting, among other things, sites containing gay porn, suicide themes and sexual perversions.”

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Germanwings Pilot Treated for ‘Suicidal Tendencies’

More background information on Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his plane into the Alps after locking his captain out of the cockpit and killed 150 people, has trickled out over the weekend. Investigation of his medical history has uncovered vision problems that might have made him anxious about the impending termination of his flight career–an even-more stressful development because he reportedly had a baby on the way.

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Report: Germanwings Co-Pilot Tore Up Doctor’s Note Excusing Him from Flight

The Germanwings story is mutating with incredible speed. At first we were assured by the company that young co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who evidently crashed the plane on purpose and killed 150 people, was “100% fit to fly,” with no physical or mental problems whatsoever. Then we were told Lubitz took an extended break from pilot training for counseling to deal with “burnout” and emotional stress, but that was back in 2008, so it wasn’t necessarily relevant to his behavior this week.

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Took Training Break to Deal with Depression and Burnout

It looks as if we have an answer to one of this morning’s lingering questions about Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who evidently seized control of his plane and drove it into the Alps, killing 150 people. Lufthansa earlier divulged that Lubitz took a long break from his pilot training. Now the UK Daily Mail has more details about that episode, saying he suspended training in 2008 “because he was suffering from depression and burnout.”

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Missing Pieces Of the Germanwings Puzzle

French authorities released much new information about the horrible Germanwings crash in the Alps this morning, but some vital questions remain unanswered. Why is the French prosecutor so firmly convinced that the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, deliberately crashed the plane?

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Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Crashed Plane Deliberately

Last night, we learned that black-box audio recordings appeared to show the pilot of the doomed Germanwings Flight 9525 had been locked out of the cockpit and was attempting to gain entry – politely at first, but acting with increasing urgency as the plane descended, until at the end it sounded as if he was trying to smash the armored cockpit door down.

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Search Scrambles for Black Box Clues in French Alps Plane Crash

A black box recovered from the scene and pulverized pieces of debris strewn across Alpine mountainsides held clues to what caused a German jetliner to take an unexplained eight-minute dive Tuesday midway through a flight from Spain to Germany, apparently killing all 150 people on board.