Remains of Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Identified Through DNA Matching

DUSELDORF, Germany – Authorities said they have positively identified the remains of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz from the wreckage through a DNA matching.

The report said the DNA samples taken from the wreckage matched with the DNA samples of Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings Flight 9525 that he intentionally crashed into the French Alps.

The positive identification of the remains of Lubitz will help investigators determine whether or not the co-pilot was taking drugs or anti-depressants when the plane crashed into the French Alps, killing 150 people on board.

Investigations showed that Lubitz had mental illness and was suffering from depression. He also had suicidal tendencies based on the statement by his family and friends.

Lubitz, however, did not reveal his mental illness and depression to his employer, Lufthansa, which is the parent company of Germanwings.

German investigators remained clueless on the motive of Lubitz in crashing the Germanwings plane,

Dusseldorf city prosecutor Christoph Kumpa said investigators failed to get clue on the documents seized from the apartment of Lubitz that will give them a possible motive of the intentional crashing of the plane.

Lubitz did not leave any message or suicide note prior to the incident, Kumpa said.

Germanwings Flight 9525 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Barcelona–El Prat Airport in Spain to Düsseldorf Airport in Germany, operated by Germanwings, a low-cost airline owned by Lufthansa.

On 24 March 2015, the aircraft, an Airbus A320-200, crashed 100 kilometres (62 mi) northwest of Nice, in the French Alps, after a constant descent that began one minute after the last routine contact with air traffic control and shortly after the aircraft had reached its assigned cruise altitude.

All 144 passengers and six crew members were killed.

French and German prosecutors believe that the crash was intentionally caused by the co-pilot. –