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Report: Lubitz 'spent over a year in psychiatric treatment'

Andreas Lubitz, the German co-pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed a plane carrying 149 other people into the French Alps recieved treatment for a "serious depressive episode" six years ago, German tabloid Build reports.

Andreas Lubitz. Credit: Facebook.

The paper, citing internal documents and Lufthansa sources, said he spent a year and a half in psychiatric treatment after the episodes.

They said the documents would be passed to the relevant authorities.

Yesterday Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said Lubitz had taken a lengthy break from his training six years ago, but did not say why. They said he had passed all his medical tests and his flying abilities were "flawless".

A Lufthansa spokesman said the airline would not comment on the state of the health of the pilot.

UK airlines change cockpit rules after Alps air disaster

A number of UK airlines have confirmed they have already changed their policies on the number of people in a cockpit, following revelations surrounding the co-pilot's role in the Alps air disaster.

The UK's Civil Aviation Authority said it had contacted all UK operators to urge them to review safety procedures in the wake of the tragedy, in which 150 were killed.

The following airlines said they would change their rules:

  • Monarch
  • easyJet
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Thomas Cook

British Airways said it did not discuss "issues of security", while several UK-based airlines confirmed they already require two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times:

  • Ryanair
  • Jet2
  • Flybe

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'Significant' discovery made at co-pilot's home

Police in Germany say they have been searching the home of Andreas Lubitz and that of his in his parents for clues as to why he may have flown his airliner into a mountain killing everyone on board.

Officers shield a person from the home of the parents of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz. Credit: Reuters

Police say they have made a "significant" discovery as part of their searches, according to media reports, but have declined to give details of the find.

Computers from both homes have been taken away for testing, among other items.

Mainly dry and bright with plenty of sunny spells

It will be mainly dry and bright today with plenty of sunny spells.

It will be mainly dry and bright today with plenty of sunny spells. Credit: Met Office

There will be a few showers to the far northwest, with a wintry element over the hills of Scotland.

Light and patchy rain will push in from the southwest, and the cloud will thicken across the south and south Wales through the day.

Top temperature will be 12 degrees Celsius (54F).

Catholic priest faces jail over historical sexual abuse

Father Anthony McSweeney is facing jail after being found guilty of abusing a boy. Credit: John Stillwell / PA WIRE

A Catholic priest dubbed the "fat vicar" is facing jail today after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy at a children's home between 1979 and 1981.

Father Anthony McSweeney preyed on the vulnerable youngster while working at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hounslow, west London.

McSweeney, 68, was also found guilty of making indecent images of children.

He preyed on the boy with his close friend John Stingemore, 72, who managed the care home and was found dead in January - weeks before his trial.

At his trial in February McSweeney was cleared of three indecent assaults on two other boys at the care home and taking a pornographic photo of one of these boys.

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Several items removed from co-pilot's addresses

Police investigating the Germanwings plane crash have taken away several items from the co-pilot's flat in Dusseldorf and his parents' home in Montabaur.

Prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the flight killing himself and 149 passengers.

German police took away several items after search Andreas Lubitz's flat in Dusseldorf. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
Police also took away bags of items from Lubitz's parents' home near Frankfurt. Credit: Reuters/Ralph Orlowski
A German police officer was also seen apparently taking away a computer from the parents' property. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
A suitcase was also removed from the home in Montabaur by investigators. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
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