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Pilot of Doomed Germanwings Flight Revealed Neurotic Thoughts to Doctor

E-mail investigation revealed that a crashed Germanwings Airbus A-320 co-pilot suffered from losing eyesight and insomnia, German media reported Saturday.

BERLIN (Sputnik) – The co-pilot of a Germanwings passenger jet who is thought to have intentionally crashed it with 150 passengers on board last year confessed in an email to his physician he was losing sight and suffered from insomnia, German media reported Saturday.

Andreas Lubitz had told at least one of the 41 doctors he visited he feared he was losing his vision. The co-pilot told his doctor in an email published by the Bild tabloid he had doubled the prescribed dosage of the Mirtazapin strong anti-depressant, causing loss of sleep and panic attacks related to his eyesight.

"Because I am afraid of continuing to go blind and fixated on my eyes, my thoughts revolve constantly around this and the stress is increasing, which is why I cannot sleep on a regular basis," Lubitz wrote in an email dated March 10, 2015.

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The Germanwings Airbus A320 flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed in a remote area of the French Alps on March 24, 2015. Data recorders recovered from the crash site suggested Lubitz deliberately crashed the plane after locking the pilot out of the cockpit.

In the email, Lubitz described his loss of vision as "white does not seem white, and I need strong lighting to see at least something."

"I need, despite the difficult situation, to achieve longer sleep and reduce stress. It will be difficult, because vision is seriously harmed (distorted perception of brightness and contrast)," he wrote.

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An investigation revealed later that Lubitz had undergone psychological treatment in 2009 while in training. Following the crash, investigators found a ripped up doctor's note saying the co-pilot was unfit to work. His computer showed a web search history that included searches for cockpit doors and methods of committing suicide.

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