Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot was treated for 'suicidal tendencies,' say prosecutors

The co-pilot believed to have intentionally crashed a plane into the French Alps last week, killing all 150 aboard, had been treated for "suicidal tendencies," German prosecutors said Monday.

Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old co-pilot who investigators say locked the Germanwings Flight 9525 pilot out of the cockpit and crashed the Airbus A320 last Tuesday, received psychotherapy "with a note about suicidal tendencies" for several years before becoming a pilot, according to Ralf Herrenbrueck, spokesman for prosecutors in Dusseldorf. Still, Herrenbrueck said no motive has emerged to explain the act, and said Lubitz showed no sign of a physical illness.

Herrenbrueck said that since Lubitz received his license, documentation had shown no such treatment.

"In the following period, and until recently, further doctor's visits took place, resulting in sick notes without any suicidal tendencies or aggression against others being recorded," Herrenbrueck said. "There is no evidence to show that the co-pilot was about to do what he appears to have done."

The development came as a transcript of the final minutes of the doomed flight, recorded by the black box, revealed the horrific and frantic final moments as the plane's captain, Patrick Sonderheimer, yelled at Lubitz to "open the door" 5 minutes before the plane began its 8-minute descent into the mountain at 430 mph.

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