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Germanwings A320 crash pilot hid sick-leave notes for crash day

Police at the Lubitz family home in west Germany
Police at the Lubitz family home in west Germany Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Andreas Lubitz, the copilot thought to have deliberately caused Tuesday's deadly crash, had a sick-leave note for the day, German prosecutors say.

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Searches of Lubitz's homes have turned up "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment", prosecutors in the west german city of Dusseldorf said on Friday.

"Torn-up and current sick leave notes, among them one covering the day of the crash," have been found, confirming the suspicion that Lubitz, who reportedly suffered from severe depression, "hid his illness from his employer and his colleagues", they added.

They said that "interviews on this subject and the evaluation of medical records will take several more days", and that the outcome would be made public "once reliable evidence is available".

No suicide note or confession was found, however, nor was any evidence that his actions may have been motivated by "a political or religious background".

On Thursday police combed through a flat Lubitz kept in Dusseldorf as well as the house where he lived with his parents in the small western town of Montabaur.

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