Andreas Lubitz pictured taking a selfie (socialchannel.it)
The life of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot in control of the Germanwings airbus as it crashed Tuesday, is under the microscope as investigators and loved ones of those killed in the crash look for answers.
Saturday his one-time girlfriend is reporting Lubitz predicted "one day everyone will know my name". She was speaking to Bild following the deadly crash.
It is chilling to learn that he told her "One day I'm going to do something that will change the whole system, and everyone will know my name and remember" but then how many other young people voice a similar wish.
Hindsight as always is a wonderful thing and information revealed since the crash indicates that Lubitz was not as well-adjusted an individual mentally as you would want a pilot to be.
The 26-year-old female flight attendant, Maria, who dated Lubitz also flew with him for five months in 2014. She claims he would wake at night screaming about 'we're going down' and hid his mental illness successfully from his employers. As soon as she saw details of the crash she was obviously shocked and Lubitz's earlier prediction came back to haunt her.
BBC News report Saturday "If Mr Lubitz deliberately brought down the plane, "it is because he understood that because of his health problems, his big dream of a job at Lufthansa, as captain and as a long-haul pilot was practically impossible," Maria told Bild."
The Mail Online in its usual extreme reporting outs it like this - "Andreas Lubitz told former girlfriend he was planning an act so horrifying his name would be remembered forever." But the investigation into what happened is still underway.
Normally information released to the mainstream media is limited during an investigation period not least because of the additional pain it can cause the accident bereaved.
With reports and allegations that investigators found torn up sick notes at the home he shared with his parents, including one for the fateful day of the crash, the insinuation is that he was not fit to fly and may have been looking at the end of his flying career.
But even though committing suicide is tragic it is different to killing 149 other people, including children, as you end your life.
Medication or a severe mental illness may have tipped the balance of his mind out of all reality but we may never know what really happened.
The investigation will publish its report all in good time but only Lubitz may truly know what happened.
Op-Ed: Leaked information flooding the internet and mainstream news reporting that the pilot in Tuesday's Germanwings Airbus tragedy was locked out of the cockpit as the plane made its fast and fatal descent to earth were confirmed later Thursday.
Co pilot Andreas Lubitz, 28, had locked himself in the cockpit when the pilot left to answer a call of nature. The final moments of the flight, heard on the damaged black box, record the pilot trying to gain access by knocking on the cockpit door and then trying to batter his way in.
The sound of screaming from the plane can be heard along with the sound of Lubitz's steady breathing before the plane crashed into the Alps.
Air traffic control could only watch what was happening on tracking monitors as Lubitz did not respond to their calls.
The evidence indicates that Lubitz deliberately put the plane into automatic descent and sat watching as the horrific scenario played out. Staff on the plane can override the cockpit door mechanism to gain entry but not if it is locked from inside.
Restrictions in place to protect passengers and crew from hijack following the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks in New York are aimed at providing maximum protection but they are no help in such a case.
In the USA post 9/11 regulations warrant two people in the cockpit at all time; if the pilot has to leave the cockpit another member of the crew takes his place. Three person cockpit crews make the most sense but could a suicidal or destructive pilot or co-pilot be stopped in their tracks?
Airlines will be looking at tightening regulations in the wake of Tuesday's crash in order to protect planes, passengers and crew and restore confidence in the industry.
Friday at the scene of the crash the grim recovery work continues. Body parts are being removed and taken to a place for DNA identification using comparisons with family members' DNA.
Wreckage, be it small or large, is also being collected for analysis and to further the investigation.
But if Andreas Lubitz took his own life and that of 149 others will we ever know why?
Investigators at the home he shared with his parents and his own apartment have been removing various items belonging to Lubitz. They found sick-notes torn into pieces; sick-notes that indicate he should not have been at work on Tuesday.
While an act of terrorism has been ruled out the investigation is not complete and that could change.
As part of his employment Lubitz had to undergo regular psychological assessment; in his case that was intensive as he had suffered periods of depression. The airline insists he was fit to fly at the time of the crash but his mental state is being questioned.
"He was 100% fit to fly without any restrictions or conditions," Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr told reporters in Cologne.
Opinion: Andreas Lubitz is not only a suicide but a mass murderer but why?
Note: The investigation continues and at time of writing nothing is really certain.