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    Germanwings Co-Pilot 'Obsessed' With French Alps, Knew Crash Site

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    Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who intentionally flew an Airbus 320 into a French mountainside on Tuesday, was well-acquainted with the crash area.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who intentionally flew an Airbus 320 into a French mountainside on Tuesday, had an obsession with the Alps and was well-acquainted with the crash area, Le Parisien reported.

    Members of the Montabaur flight school, where Lubitz took lessons, told the French newspaper that the co-pilot had flown a glider over the region.

    "Andreas participated in courses in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence with my niece, who was a good friend to him. He was passionate about the Alps, and even obsessed. I am sure that he knew the crash area well as he had flown over it in a glider," Dieter Wagner, a member of Montabaur flight school, said quoted by Le Parisien on Friday.

    Another club member Ernst Muller also confirmed that Lubitz had taken part in at least one or two courses in Sisteron, a town in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, some 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the crash area.

    Lufthansa's low-cost airline Germanwings' Airbus A320, en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, crashed on Tuesday in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

    On Thursday, a French prosecutor asserted that the plane's co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit and intentionally crashed the aircraft.

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