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    Mar 27, 2015

    Co-pilot lived with parents

    THE 28-year-old German co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had worked for Germanwings, a Lufthansa subisidiary, since September 2013, a Lufthansa spokesman said yesterday.

    He qualified as a pilot at the Lufthansa training centre in the northern city of Bremen and began flying for Germanwings immediately after completing the course. He had 630 hours of flight experience, the spokesman said.

    Mr Lubitz was from the western town of Montabaur and lived with his parents there while keeping a flat in Duesseldorf, a Germanwings hub and the city for which the doomed flight from Barcelona was bound, Montabaur Mayor Gabriele Wieland told national news agency DPA.

    French prosecutor Brice Robin said Mr Lubitz was "not known by us" to have links to terrorism or extremists, and that the German authorities were expected to provide additional information on his background and private life later yesterday or today.

    Mr Lubitz was registered as a member of private flight club LSC Westerwald and was an avid runner who often took part in local races, according to public records.

    The captain of the two-man crew, who has not been identified, had more than 10 years of experience with German flag carrier Lufthansa and its subsidiaries.