Andreas Lubitz is believed to be responsible for the crash of the Germanwings plane. It went down in the French Alps on Tuesday killing 150 people. There were no survivors.

french alps

the French Alps

Having locked the pilot out of the cockpit, it is believed that Lubitz, the co-pilot, crashed the plane on purpose. He knew this area of the French Alps well from holidaying here.

Lubitz’s ex-girlfriend gave an interview with a German magazine. She told them that Lubitz had said “One day I’m going to do something that will change the whole system, and everyone will know my name and remember”. This was over a year ago.

However, we must be careful not to assume that this means he is guilty of the crash. He said this a long time ago, and he could have said it because he wanted to make a positive change in the world, not crash a plane.

Sick-notes from doctors have been found at Lubitz’s house which signed him off (he didn’t have to work because of illness) on the day of the crash. He hid this illness from his employer.

Lubitz went for a diagnostic test at the Dusseldorf Hospital in February for an illness. He went again on the 15th March. The hospital has confirmed that this illness was not depression.

It is still unsure what the sick-note says and what illness Lubitz had on the day of the crash.

Vocabulary: check out the meaning of these words here.  holidaying (to holiday- v), a sick note (n), to sign someone off work (phrasal verb), hid (to hide- v), diagnostic (adj), depression (n),