Mass-murdering Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had had a “serious relationship crisis” with his girlfriend, investigators told Germany’s Bild newspaper yesterday, and according to one report last night he split with her the day before the crash.
An ex-girlfriend told Bild that Lubitz had once told her he wanted his name remembered and that he planned to go down in history by doing something to “change the whole system”. “People all over the world will know my name.”
She said: “I never knew what he meant but now it makes sense.” She added that he was tormented and suffered nightmares, waking screaming “We’re going down!”
Lubitz ended up with secrets he was too ashamed to reveal to his employers, and it seems almost certain that they had a major influence on his behaviour. Born and raised in the small town of Montabaur in Germany’s Westerwald region, he was the product of a stolid middle-class family with aspirations and a sense of community. His father was a bank employee, his mother the organist in the local Protestant church.