“When I heard about the crash, I remembered a sentence, over and over again, that he said,” the woman, a 26-year-old flight attendant the paper gave the fictional name of Maria W. to protect her identity, told Bild. “‘One day I’ll do something that will change the system, and then everyone will know my name and remember it’.”

“I didn’t know what he meant by that at the time, but now it’s obvious,” she said.

“He did it because he realized that, due to his health problems, his big dream of working at Lufthansa, of a having job as a pilot, and as a pilot on long-distance flights, was nearly impossible.”