The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 who apparently chose to crash the jetliner into a mountain had vowed to “do something” that would make people remember him, his ex-girlfriend has told a German newspaper.
German newspaper says Lubitz spent months in psychiatric treatment, starting in 2008. The 26-year-old flight attendant, identified by the tabloid Bild as Mary W., was quoted as saying Andreas Lubitz, 27, had “burnout-syndrome” and she had been worried about his increasingly erratic behaviour.
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Police searched the Dusseldorf apartment of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz on Thursday. (Martin Meissner/Associated Press)
The woman said Lubitz would have horrible nightmares and would wake at night screaming, “We’re going down.”
When she heard about the crash in the French Alps she remembered that Lubitz had told her last year: “One day I will do something that will change the whole system, and then all will know my name and remember it.”
“I never knew what he meant, but now it makes sense,” she told Bild. She said they dated for five months last year but she decided they should end the relationship after “it became increasingly clear he had a problem.”
The woman spoke of his “health problems,” described him as being agitated when he spoke of his work, and remembered him saying he didn’t think he could realize his dreams of becoming a long-haul pilot and captain.