World Apr 6, 2015

Crash co-pilot's medical history a mystery to German aviation watchdog

The German aviation authority did not know about co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's medical background prior to the Germanwings crash that killed 150 people, it told Reuters on Sunday, raising more questions over medical oversight of pilots. Lubitz, believed to have deliberately steered the plane into a ...

Lufthansa flight school knew about Lubitz's depression

World Apr 1, 2015

Lufthansa flight school knew about Lubitz's depression

The German pilot who crashed a plane in the French Alps last week, killing 150 people, told officials at a Lufthansa training school in 2009 that he had gone through a period of severe depression, the airline said on Tuesday. The statement is potentially damaging ...

Germanwings crash co-pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies

World Mar 31, 2015

Germanwings crash co-pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies

The German pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week was treated for suicidal tendencies years ago before he received his pilot's license, German prosecutors said on Monday. This was the first acknowledgement from German officials that the pilot, Andreas ...

Commentary / World Mar 31, 2015

Are we sure co-pilot was the killer?

by Leonid Bershidsky

News reports on accusations that Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot, purposely brought down Flight 9525 over the French Alps have rushed to convict him. "Andreas Lubitz (27), the Amok Pilot," ran a banner headline in Bild, Germany's most popular tabloid. "Killer in the Cockpit," screamed ...