Killer pilot Andreas Lubitz's girlfriend is pregnant with his child
Killer pilot Andreas Lubitz's girlfriend is pregnant with his child, it has emerged.
It has been reported that Kathrin Goldbach told pupils at the school where she teaches that she was going to be a mum.
Ms Goldbach, who is in her 20s, left Germany in the aftermath of the crash which killed 150 people thinking her fiancé was one of the victims.
She was said to be happy to share the news and was looking forward to her new life as a parent.
According to the German newspaper Bild, she arrived in France to see where her lover died only to find he had been the perpetrator of mass murder.
The lovestruck pair met as teenagers before he became a pilot while working together at a Burger King in his home town of Montabaur, according to reports in Germany.
Although planning their lives, it is thought the couple had an on/off relationship over the past seven years and that Lubitz had been seeing another woman fairly recently.
They moved together to Dusseldorf and shared a flat after he qualified as a pilot around four years ago.
Relatives at the crash site
But his constant demands and desire to be 'in control' meant she was looking to move out, ending their relationship.
It is thought that may have 'tipped him over the edge' - and led to his plan for mass murder.
In a bid to keep his girlfriend, Lubitz is reported to have splashed out thousands of pounds on buying two flash Audi cars - one of which arrived at his home just five days before the crash.
According to Bild, Lubitz controlling behaviour even extended to fast food and demands for toppings he would have.
Lubitz showed increasingly erratic and controlling behaviour just weeks before the Germanwings crash that killed 144 passengers, four crew, Lubitz and the captain Patrick Sondenheimer.
Reports emerged that police had found a 'small mountain of pills' when they searched the co-pilot's flat and he had apparently been refusing to take his antidepressants medication.
Miss Goldbach was said to be looking to move out when the tragedy happened as Lubitz even tried to tell her what to wear.
He also betrayed Kathrin with a five-month fling with a Germanwings stewardess conducted in cheap hotels.
In a chilling transcript of the black box recording, the pilot can be heard screaming at Lubitz "Open the goddam door."
Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin gave a disturbing account of the cockpit voice recordings extracted from black box, with further details of their content emerging today.
He said Lubitz locked his captain out after the senior officer left the flight deck.
He added: “The intention was to destroy the plane. Death was instant. The plane hit the mountain at 700kmh (430mph).
“I don't think that the passengers realised what was happening until the last moments because on the recording you only hear the screams in the final seconds.”
Referring to Lubitz, Mr Robin said: “He did this for a reason which we don't know why, but we can only deduct that he destroyed this plane. We have asked for information from the German investigation on both his profession and personal background.”
Meanwhile, a leading British psychiatrist has said pilots with a history of depression should not be banned from flying commercial jets.
Reports have suggested Andreas Lubitz had suffered from mental health issues and may have been receiving treatment for vision problems before he steered the Germanwings Airbus A320 into the mountain range, killing all 150 people on board.
A father of one of the three Britons on the flight called for more to be done to see pilots were “looked after”, while the Observer said Civil Aviation Authority documents suggested some 100 commercial airline pilots in the UK had a history of depression, with 42 still on medication.
But Professor Sir Simon Wessely, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), told the Observer the aviation industry should not “rush” to action in the wake of the crash.
He cited health authorities’ response to the crimes of Dr Harold Shipman, who is thought to have killed between 215 and 260 people, as an example of ineffective policy.
Sir Simon said: “It is not a good idea to rush; it is like the response to Dr Shipman, an utterly bizarre and unpredictable event is not a good basis of policy. The procedures that they then brought in would not have prevented Shipman.
“I have dealt with some pilots with depression and when they recover they are still monitored. But the two I have dealt with returned to very successful careers.
Why should they not?