ITALIAN website SocialChannel.it has published a selfie taken by Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot thought to have deliberately caused the crash in the French Alps.
The publication follows revelations made at the weekend by a former girlfriend to German daily Bild about Lubitz’s ambition to make the world remember him.
Maria, the nickname chosen by the 26-year-old woman to cover her real identity, said that Lubitz wanted to “change the system” and that he intended to do something that would make him go down in history.
Maria confirmed that the co-pilot occasionally had anxiety attacks and nightmares.
“One day I am going to do something that will change the whole system, and then everyone will know my name and remember it,” quoted Maria, and continued: “I never knew what he meant, but it all makes sense now.”
The woman, who is a flight attendant, admitted that she sometimes felt afraid by the co-pilot’s behaviour as he often woke up during the night screaming: “We are going down!”.
“He knew how to keep for himself what he felt,” said the woman.
She believes the reason behind the deliberate crash was that the co-pilot understood that his dream of becoming a captain of a Lufthansa plane was practically impossible.
The investigators of the case confirmed last Friday (March 27) that the co-pilot was meant to be on sick leave on the day of the crash.
It is believed that Lubitz hid his illness from employers, as investigators found a broken medical-leave note in his property.