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Father seeks to clear name of Germanwings co-pilot Lubitz

  • FILE - In this July 24, 2015 file picture a stone slab erected as a monument, set up in the area near where a Germanwings aircraft crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the jet into the French Alps on March 24, 2015, killing all 150 people on board. Guenter Lubitz, the father of the Germanwings pilot says his son couldn't have committed such an act. He plans a press conference Friday March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, file)

    FILE - In this July 24, 2015 file picture a stone slab erected as a monument, set up in the area near where a Germanwings aircraft crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the jet into the French Alps on March 24, 2015, killing all 150 people on board. Guenter Lubitz, the father of the Germanwings pilot says his son couldn't have committed such an act. He plans a press conference Friday March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 10, 2015 file picture, a convoy of hearses drives on the highway in Duisburg, Germany. taking home victims who died in the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps March 24, 2015. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the jet into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Guenter Lubitz, the father of the Germanwings pilot says his son couldn't have committed such an act. He plans a press conference Friday March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)

    FILE - In this June 10, 2015 file picture, a convoy of hearses drives on the highway in Duisburg, Germany. taking home victims who died in the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps March 24, 2015. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the jet into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Guenter Lubitz, the father of the Germanwings pilot says his son couldn't have committed such an act. He plans a press conference Friday March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 24, 2015 file photo students stand near candles in front of the Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium in Haltern, Germany. Students of this school were among the victims of of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the jet on March 24, 2015, killing all 150 people on board. Guenter Lubitz, the father of the Germanwings pilot says his son couldn't have committed such an act. He plans a press conference Friday March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)

    FILE - In this March 24, 2015 file photo students stand near candles in front of the Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium in Haltern, Germany. Students of this school were among the victims of of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the jet on March 24, 2015, killing all 150 people on board. Guenter Lubitz, the father of the Germanwings pilot says his son couldn't have committed such an act. He plans a press conference Friday March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)  (The Associated Press)

The father of the Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his plane in the French Alps, killing everybody on board, is seeking to exonerate his son.

Guenter Lubitz is holding a news conference Friday at which he will present a report suggesting that investigators failed to examine all possible angles to the March 24, 2015, crash that killed 150 people.

The timing of the event, on the second anniversary of the disaster, has angered families of others who died.

German prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz intentionally slammed the Airbus A320 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf into the ground, after locking the captain out of the cockpit.

Duesseldorf prosecutor Christoph Kumpa told The Associated Press that shortly before the crash Lubitz had been diagnosed with psychological problems and was taking drugs used to treat depression.