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Pilot had a sicknote for day of crash.

Byline: Peter Woodman Reporter

GERMANWINGS crash co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had an off-work sick note for the day of the disaster and was also a patient at a Dusseldorf hospital.

German prosecutors are now poring over the medical history of Lubitz, 28, who deliberately crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board, including three Britons.

There were also reports that the captain locked out of the flight deck after Lubitz put the plane into a descent had used an axe in an unsuccessful to break down the cockpit door.

The sick note was among items found when police searched Lubitz's apartment in Dusseldorf.

"Documents with medical contents were confiscated that point towards an existing illness and corresponding treatment by doctors," said the prosecutors' office in Dusseldorf.

The office went on: "The fact there are sick notes saying he was unable to work, among other things, that were found torn up, which were recent and even from the day of the crime, support the assumption based on the preliminary examination that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and his professional colleagues."

The prosecutors said the search had found no suicide note or confession, "nor was there any evidence of a political or religious background to what happened".

Dusseldorf University Hospital said that Lubitz had been a patient and had last came to the hospital for "diagnostic evaluation" on March 10. It declined to provide details about his condition but denied German media reports that it had treated the pilot for depression.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 28, 2015
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