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Road being built to Germanwings crash site

Construction workers have begun cutting a road to the site of the Germanwings plane crash, hoping to finish by the end of the day.

Using an existing hiking path as a guide, the roadbed is made entirely of stones already in place, similar to the ones that make the debris field so dangerous for recovery teams.

Co-pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies

Andreas Lubitz had been treated for noticeable suicidal tendencies Credit: PA Wire

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps, had been treated in the past for suicidal tendencies.

German state prosecutors said today the co-pilot had been in a long period of psychotherapy for "noticeable suicidal tendencies" several years ago.

Several years ago before obtaining his pilot's licence the co-pilot was in a long period of psychotherapeutic treatment with noticeable suicidal tendencies.

– Prosecutors' Office in Dusseldorf

The German prosecutors added that since then he had not shown any signs of suicidal behaviour nor aggressive tendencies in other visits to doctors.

There is still no evidence that the co-pilot in the French Alps plane disaster said anything beforehand about what he was about to do, the state prosecutor said.


Officials quiz girlfriend of Germanwings co-pilot

Rescue workers next to crash debris near Seyne-les-Alpes Credit: Reuters

The "female partner" of Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz has been questioned by investigators.

A spokesperson for the prosecutor's office in Dusseldorf told told NBC News today that the woman, who has not been named, was questioned as part of a special "commission" that has been set up to investigate the case.

The commission named 'Alpen' (Alps) was established to secure evidence and involves around 100 officers from various departments of police in the German state of North Rhein-Westphalia, the police spokesperson added.

Investigators focus on what 'destablised' Lubitz

Investigators are looking into what could have Credit: PA Wire

European investigators are focusing on what could have "destabilised" Andreas Lubitz causing him to deliberately crash Germanwings Flight 9525.

Returning from a meeting with his German counterparts, judicial police investigator Jean-Pierre Michel said that authorities want to find out "what could have destabilised Andreas Lubitz, or driven him to such an act".

Germanwings chief operating officer Oliver Wagner is meeting some of the relatives of the 150 victims today in the south-eastern French city of Marseille.

He said a total of 325 family members have come to France.

Germanwings captain shouted 'open the damn door!'

People believed to be the family of the Captain Patrick Sondheimer visit the memorial to victims of the Germanwings jet crash Credit: Reuters

The captain of the doomed passenger Germanwings jet shouted to co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to "open the damn door" as he deliberately crashed the aircraft into the French Alps, according to black box transcripts.

In the eight-minute descent, Captain Patrick Sondheimer tried desperately to reopen the door with an axe and shouted "For God's sake, open the door" according to reports.

Lubitz remained silent during the descent but passengers' screams could be heard in the background moments before the fatal crash.

Lubitz locked Mr Sondheimer out of the cockpit after he went to the bathroom and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside killing all 150 people on board.


Exit polls: Right-wing surge in French local elections

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party is believed to have made gains. Credit: Reuters

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party and Marine Le Pen's far-right Front National appear to have made major gains in the final round of French local elections, an exit poll suggests.

The BFMTV survey by pollsters CSA suggested that President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists could expect to lose around half of the 61 councils they held previously.

Le Pen's party looked to have won as many as two, while the UMP and its allies were set to secure between 66 and 70, the exit poll said.

Germanwings disaster: 78 DNA strands 'found on site'

A French rescue worker inspects a remnant of the Airbus A320. Credit: Reuters

DNA belonging to 78 people has been found by recovery workers at the site of the Germanwings air disaster, Agence France-Presse reports.

The news agency quoted Brice Robin, one of the lead prosecutors on the case, who said an access road was being built to make it easier to access the site in the French Alps.

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