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Pilots' association: Lubitz had 'no business' in a cockpit

The co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a plane carrying 150 people into a mountainside in the Alps had "no business" being in a cockpit, the German pilots' association has said.

It comes after prosecutors revealed they had found torn-up sick notes given to Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, including one which was valid for the day of the crash, amid reports he had been suffering from depression.

Markus Wahl, of the German pilots' association, said Lubitz had 'no business' being in the cockpit Credit: Reuters

But Markus Wahl, spokesman for the Cockpit association, rejected the idea of regular psychological assessment of pilots, saying it "doesn't make sense".

Someone with a sick note has no business being in a cockpit. I cannot comprehend that.

[But] our colleagues cannot go to a psychologist before every flight. For one, that cannot work in real life.

Constant supervision is neither possible as far as we are concerned, nor is it necessary.

– Markus Wahl, Cockpit pilots' association

Hundreds of human remains brought down from mountain

Between 400 and 600 pieces of human remains have been retrieved from the Alps where a Germanwings plane crashed earlier this week, according to The Associated Press.

Citing French police, recovery workers have reportedly not found any intact bodies at the site.

Col Patrick Touron, of the gendarme service in the town of Seyne-les-Alpes, said DNA samples had been taken from objects provided by the victims' families - including toothbrushes - to help identify the 150 people killed in the crash.

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Plane crash co-pilot attended health clinic for 'diagnosis'

The co-pilot thought to be behind a plane crash in the Alps attended Dusseldorf University Clinic earlier this month, the health centre has confirmed.

A total of 150 people, including Lubitz, were killed when the plane crashed into a mountain en route between Spain and Dusseldorf.

A spokesman for the clinic confirmed that Lubitz had attended in both February and March this year for a 'diagnosis'.

They would not confirm details due to privacy laws, but denied that he had received treatment there for depression.

Germanwings 'never received' sick note from co-pilot

Bosses at Germanwings have confirmed they never received a sick note from co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.

It comes after the senior prosecutor for Dusseldorf revealed a torn-up sick note, valid for the day of the crash, had been found in Lubitz's belongings.

A torn-up sick note has been found in documents belonging to Andreas Lubitz Credit: Reuters

Currently there is media coverage that the co-pilot of flight 4U 9525 was given a sick note for the day of the accident on Tuesday.

Germanwings declares that a sick note for this day was not submitted to the company.

– Germanwings statement

The prosecutor said investigators had found "a torn-up current sick note, also valid for the day of the incident" - and said it supported assumptions that he had hidden his illness from his employer and work colleagues.

Germanwings renames Flight 4U 9525 after crash

A Germanwings flight 4U 9441 - which was formerly called 4U 9525. Credit: REUTERS/Albert Gea

Germanwings has renamed Flight 4U 9525 following the French Alps air disaster which left 150 people dead.

A Germanwings plane before departure at Barcelona's El Prat airport today. Credit: REUTERS/Albert Gea

Earlier today, passengers boarded the newly-named Flight 4U 9441 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf for the first time since the plane crash.

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Flowers surround memorial for Alps crash victims

Flowers surround the memorial for the victims of the air disaster in the village of Le Vernet, near the Germanwings crash site.

The memorial for the victims of the air disaster in the village of Le Vernet. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
The memorial is written in four different languages. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Flowers have been left at the memorial stone near the crash site. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

German airlines change cockpit rules after Alps crash

German airlines have agreed to change the rules to ensure at least two people are in a plane's cockpit at all times following the French Alps air disaster.

A pilot sits inside the cockpit of a Germanwings Airbus A321 in Barcelona. Credit: REUTERS/Albert Gea

The German Aviation Association said it reached the agreement following discussions with the German Transport Ministry.

Crash victim's father 'really sad' for co-pilot's parents

The father of an American passenger killed in the Germanwings plane crash said he feels "really sad" for the parents of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.

Robert Tansill Oliver, whose son Robert Oliver Calvo was among the 150 people killed, said, "I don't feel anger".

"I'm really sad for the parents of that young pilot. I mean, I can't imagine what they´re going through right now," he added.

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