Germanwings Flight crashes into Alps, 150 feared dead
24 Mar 2015
- Around 150 people died when a Germanwings plane crashed while flying from Barcelona in Spain to Dusseldorf in Germany.
- The plane crashed into a remote area of the French Alps, descending a minute after reaching its cruising height of 38,000 ft.
- The plane lost all contact with French air traffic controllers at about 6000 ft and crashed into a mountain.
Deadliest air-crash after 1981
This Germanwings air crash is the deadliest air disaster of France after the crash of Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 1308 in 1981, which killed 180 people.
Investigations begin as cockpit recordings are found
25 Mar 2015
- Marseille prosecutors had started investigating the Germanwings air crash using a black box containing cockpit recordings.
- The process of extracting audio from the recordings began.
- The experts were baffled over why the pilots failed to send any distress signals during the 8 minute long descent.
- There was no possibility of sudden drop in the pressure also, which could lead to the plane crash.
Co-pilot was ‘unfit to work’
27 Mar 2015
- The Germanwings co-pilot who was flying the 4U9525 flight was believed to have intentionally crashed the plane.
- Investigators had found a sick note declaring the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, unfit to work following some kind of illness.
- Following these reports, Lufthansa, Germanwings' parent company, announced that they would introduce a new rule which requires the presence of 2 members in the cockpit at all times.
Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was suicidal
30 Mar 2015
- The co-pilot - Andreas Lubitz had a history of depression, suicidal tendencies and had received psychotherapy treatments in the past.
- Later on, it was found that Lubitz had increased his visits to the doctors before the final days of the flight.
- His browser history suggested that he had plotted the crashing of the plane by researching about recent intentional airline disasters.
Germanwings crash victims’ remains identified
19 May 2015
- The remains of all the victims of the Germanwings crash had been identified.
- The human remains and the plane debris was gathered by the recovery workers in the remote and steep mountain region of the French Alps.
- The remains were then sent to the forensic department who identified them using DNA testing.
Victims’ remains arrive in Germany after 11 weeks
10 Jun 2015
- The remains of the victims of Germanwings flight 4U9525 arrived in Germany, 11 weeks after the disastrous crash took place.
- A cargo plane carried the remains of 44 German citizens from Marseille, France.
- The family and friends of the victims will be allowed to visit the coffins in order to come to terms with the death of their loved ones.
Germanwings Crash: French prosecutors widen probe
12 Jun 2015
- French Prosecutor, Brice Robin has said that the magistrates heading the case of the Germanwings crash cannot simply blame co-pilot Andreas Lubitz without investigating for system failures.
- The new probe has found that Lubitz had a fear of losing his vision prior to flying the flight on 24 March 2015.
- His fear led him to consume anti-depressants and caused anxiety and sleeplessness.
Parents decry Lufthansa attitude, payout
21 Jul 2015
- The relatives of children killed in the Germanwings plane crash demanded an apology from Lufthansa, saying it ignored them and offered an "insulting" payout.
- The letter from parents in Haltern, Germany, said Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr prioritised customers over victims.
- The airline said Mr Spohr had spoken with families and that Lufthansa pledged to pay them up to €85,000.
Germany to conduct spot drug tests on pilots
27 Dec 2015
- Germany planned to introduce legislation requiring random drug and alcohol testing of pilots, hoping to reduce the risk of a repeat of the Germanwings crash.
- The plans follow the recommendation of a taskforce set up by the German Transport Ministry, after the deadly crash.
- Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said, "Experts around the world see positive effects from this to boost operational safety in aviation."
No more 'medical confidentiality' for pilots?
14 Mar 2016
- French investigators have called for medical confidentiality to be relaxed for pilots, in the wake of the Germanwings disaster.
- The report, by the BEA investigation agency, said confidentiality had to be balanced with the risk an individual might pose to public safety.
- It was also critical of pilots being able to make self-declarations about their health which allowed them to hide any illnesses.
Germanwings crash victims' bodies arrive back in Germany 11 weeks after disaster - Europe - World - The Independent
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