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Extra! Bild: Germanwings Pilot Had Past Of Serious Depression

Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old German co-pilot who authorities believe deliberately crashed the Germanwings Airbus A320 Tuesday in the French Alps, had been treated for a “major depressive episode” in 2009, the German daily Bild reported Friday.

Quoting internal Lufthansa documents and sources, the German tabloid reports that Lubitz went through an 18-month psychiatric treatment and was forced to repeat his flying classes because of depression before finishing his training.

According to Bild’s report, a Lufthansa flight school in Phoenix, Arizona, where Lubitz was trained, had designated him as “not suitable for flying” at the time. In 2009, the coding “SIC” appeared on the pilot’s license, meaning he could fly but had to be the subject of “special regular medical examination.”

Investigators are now examining whether Lubitz, who is believed to have been living between his parents’ home in the German town of Montabaur and an apartment in Dusseldorf, had been suffering from a “personal life crisis.” Bild says he may have had a relationship crisis with his girlfriend of seven years.

Lufthansa refused to release any comment Friday on Lubitz’ health. Meanwhile, German police said they made a “significant discovery” at his home in Dusseldorf that could be a “clue” as to what made him down the aircraft.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Bild is Germany’s best-selling newspaper, often criticized for its sensationalism but praised for its extensive network of sources. It has the sixth-largest circulation worldwide.

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This explains why 143 out of the 193 member-states of the UN General Assembly voted against recognizing Russia’s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions after holding sham referenda there. Ninety-three voted in favor of expelling Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.

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