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Heroic Germanwings Captain Praised On FB By Loved Ones

Mar 29, 2015 at 1:45 PM ET

A Facebook page belonging to a loved one of the Germanwings captain who tried to prevent last week’s plane crash is filling up with tributes to the pilot and his father.

“You deserve order of merit (the highest decoration of the German Federal Republic). Love, your father,” one message reads.

Patrick Sondenheimer, 34, was the captain of Flight 4U9525, which crashed into the French Alps at 400 mph last week, killing everyone on board. He is being saluted as a hero after the cockpit voice recorder salvaged from the crash site revealed that he tried to smash his way back into the locked cockpit, apparently with the plane’s emergency axe.

The owner of the Facebook page hasn’t responded to a request for comment from Vocativ. People who appear to be related to Sondenheimer have been changing their social media profiles and may have been deleting material related to the captain himself.

One comment on the status from a person under the name Frank Kucksdorf says, “You can be very proud of your son.”

Evidence from the cockpit recorder reveals that his co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked Sondenheimer out of the cockpit, possibly to purposely crash the plane. Sondenheimer had more than 6,000 hours of flight time under his belt. He had been a pilot for more than a decade, according to The International Business Times.

Read More:

German newspaper releases timeline of Germanwings flight before crash (CNN)
Germanwings Pilot Prompts Fierce Online Debate On Mental Health (Vocativ)
Germanwings Pilot Andreas Lubitz Sought Treatment for Vision Problems Before Crash, Authorities Say (New York Times)