German prosecutors in Dusseldorf have disclosed the contents of documentation indicating that the first officer on the crashed Germanwings Airbus A320 had been concealing an illness from his company.
The prosecution office, in a statement, says that a search of the pilot’s apartment did not reveal a suicide note or confession, or any evidence of a political or religious connection to the 24 March crash in the French Alps.
But medical documentation indicated the presence of an illness and related treatments, the office says.
It crucially states that the documentation included formal sick-notes – the type provided by medical staff to declare a person unwell – covering recent periods, including the date of the crash, and that some of these documents had been torn up.
Preliminary analysis “supports the assumption” that the first officer had “hidden his illness from his employer and his professional environment”, the prosecution office adds.
Further investigation and evaluation of the medical records will take several days to complete, it adds.