How did he keep his job as a pilot?
Killer pilot Andreas Lubitz had been treated for suicidal tendencies for several years before the Alps crash, it emerged today.
German prosecutors said he had received psychotherapy ‘with a note about suicidal tendencies’ before crashing into a mountain killing all 150 people on board.
Prosecutor spokesman Ralf Herrenbrueck said investigators have found no indication of a motive so far as to why Lubitz crashed the plane, nor any sign of a physical illness.
It came as investigators were examining the possibility that Lubitz crashed the jet because he feared he was going blind – but that the condition was all in his head.
The killer pilot had reportedly been living ‘on the edge’ because he feared his deteriorating vision, possibly due to a detached retina, would cost him his pilot’s licence.
But investigators now believe his condition was simply a nervous, psychosomatic disorder and not physical at all.
Doctors say the symptoms brought on by stress can be cleared up with rest and therapeutic drugs, raising the harrowing scenario Lubitz needlessly took his own life and those of 149 others.
An investigator close to the criminal investigation: ‘If this is indeed the reason why he killed himself, and all those others, then he may have chosen to die for entirely the wrong reasons.
‘He lived for flying and was terrified that he would lose his pilot’s licence. In his mind that would have been worse than death.’
Detectives and prosecutors will examine the hitherto sealed medical files of the University Clinic of Dusseldorf to see if his complaint really was all in the mind.
It is understood Lubitz complained of blurred vision involving dark spots in front of his eyes, halos and flashes of light, causing him to misjudge distances on occasions.
But these are often linked to psychosomatic disorders.
The Internet is filled with chatrooms where people who thought they were going blind were relieved to find anxiety, stress and depression behind their problems.
His aunt Brigitte W, today said she was unaware of Lubitz’s health problems only knew him as a normal and happy man.
The 79-year-old told Germany’s BILD newspaper: ‘I knew nothing of mental health problems and eye problems.
‘When we celebrated family celebrations, he was happy. He never spoke of stress at work.
‘We were proud of him, that he fulfilled his childhood dream.’
She added: ‘He flew intentionally into that mountain ridge. It is difficult for the family to cope now.’
It was claimed yesterday that Lubitz was concerned he was losing his eyesight, possibly because of a detached retina – with his vision already restricted to 30 per cent.
The condition causes the thin lining at the back of the eye to detach from blood vessels that supply it with oxygen and nutrients – and is often marked by flashes in the eye.
Yesterday, it was revealed by police that Lubitz suffered from a ‘severe psychosomatic sickness’ that required the care of several neurologists and psychologists.
Police said they took away a plethora of medicines from his apartment in Dusseldorf and from his parental home in the small Rhineland town of Montabaur.
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