The reported ex-girlfriend of the Germanwings co-pilot, who officials say deliberately crashed his jetliner into the French Alps killing himself and 149 others, is speaking up. And she's recalling some allegedly chilling words the man made that show the crash could have been in the works for a while.
The woman, a flight attendant going by the name Maria W., told Reuters she had a relationship with Andreas Lubitz in 2014. She said he told her he was undergoing "psychiatric treatment," and that there was a sentence he once uttered that is now haunting her.
She said he would say, "One day I'll do something that will change the system, and then everyone will know my name and remember it."
[sharequote align="center"]"One day I'll do something ... and then everyone will know my name and remember it."[/sharequote]
"I didn't know what he meant by that at the time, but now it's obvious," she told Reuters.
She also offered more insight into Lubitz's illness.
"He would suddenly freak out in conversations and yell at me," she said. "At night he would wake up screaming 'we are crashing' because he had nightmares. He could be good at hiding what was really going on inside him."
Lubitz was apparently familiar with the area of the Alps where the jet crashed after traveling their with his flying club. But a familiar member told Reuters he doubts Lubitz picked out the specific location to sabotage the flight, calling it "too much of a coincidence."
According to the New York Times, Lubitz was also being treated for vision problems that were putting his flight career in jeopardy.