Germanwings Co-Pilot Researched Suicide and Cockpit Doors on the Internet

Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg in this September 13, 2009 file photo. (Reuters/Foto-Team-Mueller)
Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg in this September 13, 2009 file photo. (Reuters/Foto-Team-Mueller)

Analysis of a tablet device belonging to Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz shows he researched methods of suicide on the Internet in the days leading up to the crash, the public prosecutor’s office in Dusseldorf, Germany, said Thursday.

Prosecutor Christoph Kumpa said that on one day, Lubitz also “searched for several minutes with search terms relating to cockpit doors and their security measures.”

Police analysis of the correspondence and search history on the device, retrieved from Lubitz’s Dusseldorf apartment, demonstrated that the co-pilot used it from March 16 to March 23, Kumpa said.

The search history was not deleted and also revealed searches concerning medical treatment, the prosecutor said.

While Kumpa did not go into specifics, what the tablet reveals could be highly significant if investigators conclude that it indicates Lubitz’s actions were premeditated.

Lubitz is accused of deliberately bringing down Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 on board. Investigators have since focused on his health as they try to establish his motivation.

In another key development Thursday, recovery workers in France have found the second “black box,” or flight data recorder, from Germanwings Flight 9525, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin told CNN.

It’s hoped the flight data recorder will shed new light on exactly what happened on the flight.

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SOURCE: CNN

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