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Germanwings Crash Pilot Lubitz Contacted Dozens of Doctors: Prosecutor

by The Associated Press /  / Updated 
Image: Investigators say Germanwings co-pilot tested descent on earlier flight
Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot suspected of deliberately downing a Germanwings jet, competes in a 2009 road race in Germany. FOTO-TEAM-MUELLER / EPA

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The co-pilot who crashed a Germanwings plane into a mountainside, had contacted dozens of doctors ahead of the disaster, a French prosecutor said Friday.

Andreas Lubitz, who had a history of depression, put Flight 9525 into a rapid descent on March 24 and killed all 150 people on board.

Brice Robin, the lead prosecutor in the investigation into the disaster, told The Associated Press late Thursday that Lubitz had also reached out to dozens of doctors in the period before the crash.

Robin did not elaborate, or comment on whether the pilot had been seeking help for a particular ailment.

He said he has received information from foreign counterparts and was reviewing it before a meeting with victims' relatives in Paris next week.

In that closed-door meeting at the French Foreign Ministry, Robin will discuss his investigation and efforts to reduce administrative delays in handing over the victims' remains to grieving families, his office said Friday. Those remains are still in Marseilles, to the frustration of some families.

Investigators say Lubitz intentionally crashed the jet after locking the captain out of the cockpit during a bathroom break. German prosecutors have said that Lubitz spent time online in the week before the crash researching suicide methods and cockpit door security — the earliest evidence of a premeditated act.

Germanwings and parent company Lufthansa have said that Lubitz had passed all medical tests and was cleared by doctors as fit to fly.

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