A man who stood next to Andreas Lubitz in an ice cream van queue, after a hectic game of football, has revealed that Lubitz had looked ‘a little wild-eyed and dishevelled’.
“At the time, I wondered if he might, later in life, become a pilot then kill himself and commit murder by crashing his aircraft into an Alp” said Gerhard Flumpf. Flumpf now regrets dismissing it as a random thought. By the time they were back in school on Monday he’d completely forgotten about it; until twenty one years later, when the 27 year old Lubitz did exactly as feared and a posse of journalists arrived in his home town waving cheque books.
“As soon as I saw the size of the cheques, everything came flooding back; the dreams of Caribbean holidays and Porsches, the chance of fleeting fame and celebrity. I just had to tell my story; luckily I remembered it as if I’d made it up yesterday.”
Flumpf claims he is overwhelmed with guilt after failing to tell a dinner lady about his hunch all those years back. “I lay awake at night wondering ‘what if?’ What if I’d said something? What if this tragedy had been prevented? Would I still have been paid enough by these vultures to fly first class on a skiing trip next week?”
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