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Lufthansa now says that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who crashed a plane in the French Alps last week – killing 150 people – told its flight training school in 2009 that he had gone through a period of severe depression.
The airline previously said it knew of no reason why the Germanwings co-pilot might deliberately crash a plane.
The revelation follows confirmation that Lubitz had suicidal tendencies years before obtaining his pilot’s licence.
Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, had acknowledged that he had interrupted his pilot’s training but had given no further details.
It now says that when he resumed training, he provided the flight school with medical documents showing that he had gone through a “previous episode of severe depression”.
Lufthansa cited e-mailed correspondence between Lubitz and the flight school.
The airline said it had passed the e-mails and additional documents to Duesseldorf prosecutors after internal investigations.
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