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Andreas Lubitz 'ignored multiple attempts to contact him'

Andreas Lubitz, the pilot accused of deliberately crashing a Germanwings flight in the French Alps in March, repeatedly ignored attempts to contact him, French investigators said.

Andreas Lubitz is suspected of deliberately crashing the Germanwings flight. Credit: Andreas Lubitz

The 27-year-old ignored more than a dozen radio calls from civil and military officials before steering the the plane into the mountainside, killing all 150 people on board on March 24, French air accident investigators said.

A preliminary report into the crash also confirmed that Lubitz had practiced the descent on the outbound flight from Dusseldorf to Barcelona on the same day.

Lubitz is known to have suffered from severe depression in the past and a computer found in his home showed he had used the internet to research ways of committing suicide in the days leading up to the crash.

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Germanwings co-pilot 'rehearsed' crashing plane into Alps

The Germanwings co-pilot thought to have deliberately caused the French Alps plane disaster "rehearsed" his plan on an earlier flight on the day of the crash, an accident report is expected to reveal.

Andreas Lubitz has suffered from severe depression.

All 150 people on the Airbus A320, including three Britons, were killed when it crashed while flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on March 24.

An interim report from French air accident bureau the BEA will say that Andreas Lubitz practised reducing flight altitude on the outbound flight from Dusseldorf to Barcelona, according to German newspaper Bild.

Bild said the BEA report would talk about a "controlled descent that lasted for minutes and for which there was no aeronautical justification".

Lubitz, who had suffered from severe depression, had used the internet to research ways of committing suicide in the days leading up to the crash.


'Cigarettes stubbed out on girl's face' in Belper attack

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A 13-year-old girl was left with a series of nasty injuries after she was allegedly attacked by a group of teenagers.

Two girls were walking along the left hand side of B&M, in Chapel Street, Belper, when they were approached by a group of girls they knew.

The group allegedly began to attack the girl, pulling her hair, punching and kicking her. She managed to run away to Derwent Street but says the girls followed her and continued the assault, stubbing cigarettes out on her face.

She has suffered a black eye, broken nose and possible cheek fracture as well as burns to her face.

The incident happened between 4.15pm and 7pm on Saturday, May 2.

Five girls, aged between 13 and 15 and all from Belper or Nether Heage, have been arrested in connection with the incident and released on bail while inquiries continue.


Broadmarsh Centre evacuated after fire

Police are currently advising people to avoid the area until the blaze is extinguished.

Police release CCTV in hunt for missing Nottingham woman

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Police are growing increasingly concerned for the well-being of a woman who has gone missing from her home in Mansfield.

Christine Puhlhofer, 24, was last seen at around 11pm on Monday 4 May and has not been heard from since.

She is described as white, around 5ft tall, of slim build, with dark brown shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt and leopard print leggings.

Credit: Nottinghamshire Police
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