DÃSSELDORF, Germany - Documents show that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who is believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings jet into the French Alps on Tuesday, had a medical condition that he hid from his employer, prosecutors here said on Friday.
Prosecutors said that among the items found at Lubitz’s home was a doctor’s note excusing him from work on the day of the crash and another note that had been torn up. These documents “support the preliminary assessment that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and colleagues,” the prosecutors said in a statement.
The German investigators said they had not found a suicide note or “any indication of a political or religious” nature among the documents from Lubitz’s apartment.
The Federal Aviation Office of Germany said on Friday that a medical certificate issued to Lubitz that allowed him to fly noted that he had a medical condition, although it did not specify whether it was related to a psychological issue.
Investigators have been combing through Lubitz’s background, including whether he might have had a history of depression or psychological problems. They are also looking into potential financial troubles or difficulties in his personal relationships.
Prosecutors said a thorough assessment of the documents as well as further questioning would take several days.
Lubitz, 27, is believed to be responsible for slamming Germanwings Flight 9525 into a mountainside in the French Alps on purpose, killing all 150 on board, while en route to DÃ¼sseldorf from Barcelona, Spain. Prosecutors are examining several theories, including that the crash was a suicide or a mass murder.
In Lubitz’s hometown, Montabaur, people who knew him or his parents said that the co-pilot had a girlfriend who had gone with her family to a hotel to escape the news media. The people declined to be identified and said they did not want to be quoted further, to protect the privacy of the family.
On Thursday, the French prosecutor leading the investigation said the evidence from the cockpit voice recorder suggested that Lubitz, a former flight attendant with a passion for flying, had locked the pilot out of the cockpit and deliberately set the plane on its lethal descent.
The crash claimed victims from more than a dozen countries, including Germany, Spain and the United States.
Police officers and rescue workers on Friday continued to search the site of the crash for victims’ remains, along with other clues and DNA that could help them identify those who died in the crash.