LONDON, Mar 30 : Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was expecting a baby with his teacher girlfriend before the air crash which killed him and 149 others, it has been claimed.
Reports in the German press suggest that Lubitz's unnamed partner had become pregnant by him in recent months.
Bild am Sonntag, the nation's best-selling Sunday paper, said that the woman had broken the news to her students within the past few weeks.
She is understood to have been travelling to the Alpine crash site in southern France when the news was broken that Lubitz was suspected of having caused the catastrophe.
Lubitz lived with his girlfriend in a flat in one of Dusseldorf's most prestigious suburbs.
German magazine Der Spiegel has claimed that the two had even made plans to marry, although authorities have yet to confirm this.
Lubitz's partner is thought to have taught English and Maths at Krefeld's Gesamtschule Kaiserplatz, a state comprehensive with several hundred students. Headteacher Jochen Adrian did not return calls for comment.
The resident caretaker also appeared to be keeping a low profile, refusing to open the door when The Telegraph called at his residence.
The sprawling two floor complex is situated in one of Krefeld's most affluent neighbourhoods.
It comes a day after an ex-girlfriend of the Germanwings pilot said he had been planning a spectacular gesture to make everyone "remember" who he was.
Meanwhile, investigators sifting through the wreckage of the doomed Germanwings plane in the French Alps were forced on Monday to resume the hunt on foot as bad weather hampered helicopter flights.
Authorities are hoping to identify more DNA strands from the 150 people who died in Tuesday's crash, as well as locate the jet's second black box that should provide more clues as to the circumstances of the tragedy.?AGENCIES