German pilot’s computer shows searches on suicide and cockpit doors

German state prosecutor says co-pilot’s computer shows searches for methods of committing suicide and research into cockpit doors, which were made in the days leading up to crash.

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY (APRIL 2, 2015) (REUTERS) – German state prosecutors said on Thursday (April 2) they believe the co-pilot who crashed a Germanwings plane in the French Alps last week had searched on a computer for ways to commit suicide shortly before the crash which killed 150 people.

In a statement, prosecutors in Duesseldorf said the computer, which they had found in his home, also showed searches on cockpit doors and safety precautions related to them.

“During the searches of the address in Duesseldorf a so called tablet (computer) was confiscated which has already been evaluated,” prosecutor Christoph Kumpa said in a prepared statement he read to reporters.

“According to the results, the user informed himself about medical treatments as well as different kinds of and the implementation of a suicide. On at least one day, he had searched for several minutes about cockpit doors and their safety precautions.”

Kumpa said the computer took place between March 16 and 23, only one day before the crash.

The prosecutor refused to take questions and said because of “the volume of the documents and the large amount of data further investigation results are not expected in the coming days.”