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German aviation authority did not know about co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's medical background prior to Germanwings crash

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Andreas Lubitz
Andreas Lubitz

The German aviation authority did not know about co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's medical background prior to the Germanwings crash that killed 150 people, it has emerged.

The Luftfahrtbundesamt (LBA), the German authority which issues pilots' licences based on annual fit-to-fly certificates given by doctors and can impose restrictions on pilots, said it had "no information at all" prior to the crash about this period of depression.

According to European regulations, doctors should refer pilots with psychiatric conditions to the licensing authority. The regulations do not specify whether this also applies to pilots who have suffered from psychiatric conditions in the past.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed in German newspapers  that Lubitz was seeing an “astonishing” number of doctors before he downed a plane into the French Alps.

A leaked medical report has reveals the 27-year-old was consulting at least five doctors, Der Spiegel reported, including psychiatric specialists and a neurologist.

“For a young man he consulted an astonishing number of doctors,” an investigator told the magazine, which has seen a report on Lubitz’s treatment.

According to European regulations, doctors should refer pilots with psychiatric conditions to the licensing authority. The regulations do not specify whether this also applies to pilots who have suffered from psychiatric conditions in the past.

Yesterday, German newspaper 'Bild am Sonntag' said investigators had found Lubitz used the username "Skydevil" to log on to the computer and had recently made Internet searches on "bipolarity", "manic depression" as well as on "migraines", "impaired vision" and "acoustic trauma".