As mourners and millions around the world attempt to make sense of the tragedy of the Germanwings plane crash, chilling new details have emerged.
On Monday, March 30, representatives for the airline and its parent company Lufthansa released a new statement about Germanwings Flight 9525, which crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, March 24, failing to reach its destination of Düsseldorf, Germany after leaving Barcelona, Spain.
Under a header reading “Our deepest sympathies,” Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohrand Thomas Winkelmann, spokesman for Germanwings’ executive board, wrote a statement about the tragedy.
“The incomprehensible loss of 150 lives has filled us with the deepest sadness,” it reads. “We extend our sincere condolences to the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues. They are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish to thank the many thousands of helpers in France, Spain, Germany and numerous other countries around the world for their assistance and support. On behalf of all employees of the Lufthansa Group.”
The official statement comes as further revelations about co-pilot Andreas Lubitz come to light. Authorities are looking into the late flyer’s past, which, in conjunction with the information found on the plane’s black box, is leading prosecutors to believe that Lubitz purposefully crashed into the Alps.
According to CNN, Lubitz’s medical records show a history of suicidal thoughts, but there was no direct evidence of such behavior in the time before the crash. Said suicidal incident was reportedly on Lubitz’s record before he earned his pilot’s license.