Airlines should have more stringent check on pilots. How could the co-pilots diagnosed by doctors as not being mentally fit to fly a plane be allowed on board to fly the plane on the day of the crash?
Carsten Spohr, the CEO of Lufthansa airlines (of which Germanwings is a subsidiary), held an emotional press conference today to address lingering questions about the fatal crash that has been classified as deliberate. He explained that when Andreas Lubitz, the German co-pilot who intentionally crashed the Germanwings plane, was training, he took a leave of absence for several months, but could not provide further details on the nature of his training hiatus. As he returned to training, he passed all tests with 100 percent, Spohr added.
Though it was not known why Lubitz chose not to disclose his diagnosis with the airline, an investigative source told the Journal, it “would be a plausible explanation” the 27-year-old feared losing his pilot’s license.
Lange added that the airline will “cover the immediate expenses resulting from this tragic accident by making an advance payment of up to 50,000 euros per victim.”
After the tragic plane crash in France, the German airlines, under the auspices of the Federation of German Air Traffic Management (BDL) consulted with the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Federal Aviation Office. According to our guidance, German airlines, as an initial move, must follow a provisional procedure in which the cockpit of the aircraft must have two authorized persons in at all times.
In a written statement, prosecution spokesperson Ralf Herrenbrueck said the torn-up sick notes “support the current preliminary assessment that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and colleagues.” Read more…