Andreas Lubitz, a co-pilot on the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed Tuesday in the French Alps, appears to have deliberately crashed the plane after locking the plane’s pilot out of the cockpit.
Here is what is known of Lubitz and his role in the crash so far:
• He was 27 years old and a German citizen.
• Lubitz had never been flagged as a terrorist, according to a security official.
• He had passed the airline’s medical and psychological tests.
• He obtained his glider pilot’s license as a teenager, and was accepted as a Lufthansa pilot trainee after finishing a tough German college preparatory school.
• Peter Ruecker, a member of the glider club who watched Lubitz learn to fly, described Lubitz as a ‘‘rather quiet’’ but friendly young man. ‘‘He was happy he had the job with Germanwings and he was doing well,’’ Ruecker said. ‘‘He gave off a good feeling.’’
• He began his training in 2008 but it was interrupted for a few months, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said at a press conference Thursday, but the reason was unknown.
• Lubitz joined Germanwings in September 2013, directly after training, and had flown 630 hours.
• He worked as a flight attendant for 11 months.
• Family friends told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that Lubitz had suffered from burnout and depression a few years ago but that he had seemed fine this past Christmas.
• During the fatal flight, Lubitz manually locked the plane’s commanding pilot out of the cockpit before starting the descent into the French Alps. Lubitz did not say a word after the commanding pilot left the cockpit.
• During the final minutes of the flight’s descent, pounding could be heard on the cockpit door as plane alarms sounded but the co-pilot’s breathing was normal throughout the whole time.