Earlier today, the chilling final moments of Flight FU 9525 were revealed by French prosecutors who said Lubitz’s sole aim was to ‘destroy the plane’.
Police investigating the Germanwings crash said tonight they had made a ‘significant discovery’ at the home of pilot Andreas Lubitz, who deliberately ploughed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps.
Officers refused to reveal details of the potential breakthrough but said it was not a suicide note.
Speaking outside the flat on the outskirts of Dusseldorf, police said they had ‘found something’ that would now be taken for tests, adding it may be a ‘clue’ as to what happened to the doomed jet.
German detectives were also pictured carrying evidence from a £400,000 home in Montabaur, a town 40 miles from Bonn, that Lubitz is believed to have shared with his parents.
The 28-year-old is understood to have split his time between the two addresses.
The forensic find comes hours after it emerged that Lubitz was forced to postpone his pilot training in 2008 because of mental health problems, with a friend saying he was ‘in depression’.
The revelation will form a central part of the investigation and raises serious questions about why he was allowed to continue his training and whether enough was done to prevent the disaster.
Airline bosses confirmed Lubitz had taken several months off work and had to retrain to join the firm, but insisted he was ‘100 per cent fit to fly’ after passing all medical tests.
The captain – named by local media as German father-of-two Patrick Sonderheimer – then left the cockpit but found himself locked out when he tried to re-enter.
Mr Robin said: ‘We hear the pilot asking the co-pilot to take over and we hear the sound of a chair being pushed back and a door closing so we assume that the captain went to the toilet or something.
‘So the co-pilot is on his own, and it is while he’s on his own that the co-pilot is in charge of the plane and uses the flight management system to start the descent of the plane.
‘At this altitude, this can only be done voluntarily. We hear several shouts from the captain asking to get in, speaking through the intercom system, but there’s no answer from the cockpit.’
Audio from the recording captures Mr Sonderheimer furiously pounding on the door to no avail.
Mr Robin said Lubitz ‘voluntarily’ refused to open the door, adding that his breathing was normal throughout the final minutes of the flight.
Experienced pilots today told MailOnline that under normal conditions crew have an emergency access code to enter the cockpit through the locked door.
They can only be stopped from using it if whoever is inside the cockpit manually – and intentionally – disables it.
The revelation will heighten fears that suicide or a terror attack was the cause of the disaster.
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First picture: Germanwings co-pilot – 28-year-old German Andreas Günter Lubitz (above) – locked his captain out of the cockpit before deliberately crashing into a mountain to ‘destroy the plane’, it has been revealed.
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