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Co-pilot's computer shows searches for methods of suicide

A computer taken from the Germanwings co-pilot's home shows searches for methods of committing suicide were made in the days leading up to the crash, according to the German state prosecutors' office.

Andreas Lubitz's computer also showed searches on cockpit doors and their safety precautions.


Recovery of bodies from Germanwings crash site complete

The final human remains from the wreckage of the Germanwings plane crash have been recovered today, according to reports.

French emergency rescue services worked among debris of the Germanwings passenger jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, to recover passenger remains Credit: AP Photo/Yves Malenfer, Ministere de l'Interieur

The Associated Press reported that Lieutenant Colonel Jean-Marc Menichini, who has been involved in the recovery operation, had confirmed "there are no longer any visible remains" at the crash site.

Forensic experts will now begin the task of trying to match the remains with DNA profiles from the 150 people killed in the crash.

Three killed in French Alps avalanche

Three people have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps, according to reports.

Officials confirmed that two Austrians and an Italian had died in the snow slide in the Ecrins massif, near the town of Briancon.

A fourth tourist was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Grenoble with unspecified injuries following the mid-afternoon avalanche, and seven other skiers remain 'holed up' in a refuge building nearby.

The avalanche happened at the Ecrins massif, near the town of Briancon Credit: Google Maps

'You can hear screaming' in final Germanwings recording

A French journalist has spoken tonight of how he has seen a recording of the final moments of the fatal Germanwings flight that crashed in the Alps.

Olivier Royant, editor of Paris Match magazine, described "people screaming" in different languages in the video, apparently contained on a SIM card recovered from the wreckage of the plane.

ITV News' Paul Davies reports:

Terror of victims on Germanwings flight 'caught on camera'

A 15-second mobile phone video reportedly captured by one of the passengers killed in the Germanwings plane crash in the Alps reveals the last moments of terror for those on board.

Olivier Royant, editor of Paris Match magazine, is among those who have seen the clip, apparently contained on a SIM card recovered from the wreckage of the plane.

Dismissing claims that it is a fake, Mr Royant told ITV News the clip appears to confirm details released from the cockpit voice recorder - and said it is clear the passengers knew something was wrong.

He described how metallic banging can be heard on the clip - presumably the captain of the plane's attempts to break back in to the cockpit after being locked out by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.


Mental health problems 'should not bar people from jobs'

Having mental health problems should not bar people from jobs Nick Clegg has said as investigators focus on the medical history of Germanwings crash pilot Andreas Lubitz.

Mental health problems should not bar people from jobs Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Deputy Prime Minister, who has championed mental health issues while in government, said there should be no "blanket rules" preventing people from doing certain jobs.

German prosecutors have said that Lubitz, 27, who deliberately caused the Airbus to crash in the French Alps, had therapy for suicidal tendencies some time before getting his pilot's licence.

I think it's very important that we don't, however understandable in this context, allow what is said about one individual to shape or colour the way in which we regard people who go through episodes of mental health problems.

It's very important that employers in all walks of life are as accepting of people who are recovering from mental health problems just as much as they would be people who recover from physical health problems.

I don't think, as a blanket rule, the fact that someone has had mental health problems should automatically disqualify them from certain jobs. That would be not treating people as individuals, instead treating people in an indiscriminately broad-brush way.

– Nick Clegg

More details of final moments before plane crash revealed

The co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings flight, killing all 150 people on board, put an oxygen mask on as he watched the plane plummet from the sky, new evidence suggests.

More details have emerged of the final moments of the ill-fated flight, including suggestions that Captain Patrick Sondheimer first tried to break back into the cockpit using an oxygen tank before asking for a crowbar from the back of the plane, as co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is heard breathing normally.

ITV News correspondent Neil Connery reports:

There were also conflicting reports that mobile phone footage has been recovered from the wreckage of the plane, filmed by one of the passengers, recording the panic on board the flight in the minutes before the crash.

While newspapers in France and Germany claim to have seen the video, the Gendarmerie in France told ITV News that they knew of the reports but were not aware of the existence of the video.

Co-pilot told flight school of 'severe depression' in 2009

The co-pilot believed to be behind the Germanwings plane crash which killed 150 people had informed bosses at his flight training school about a period of "severe depression" in 2009, airline bosses have revealed.

Andreas Lubitz took a break from his flight training for several months, reportedly while he battled depression, but was later given a medical 'fit to fly' certificate.

Andreas Lubitz suffered a period of 'severe depression', medical notes have revealed Credit: Reuters

In a statement, airline group Lufthansa - which owns the Germanwings subsidiary - revealed they had handed over training and medical documents to the Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor.

Among the papers were records of e-mails exchanged between Lubitz and the Flight Training Pilot School in 2009, when he submitted medical notes relating to his resuming his training containing details of a "previous episode of severe depression".

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