World Apr 5, 2015

EU found 'issues' with German aviation regulator

A European regulator found "issues" with Germany's aviation authority in a regular review of air safety enforcement, the European Commission said on Saturday. Its statement did not say when the review was carried out, but the Wall Street Journal said the commission told Berlin in ...

Germanwings copilot increased speed as jet went down

World Apr 4, 2015

Germanwings copilot increased speed as jet went down

The pilot at the controls of a Germanwings jet that crashed in the French Alps accelerated the plane into the mountainside, killing all 150 people on board, according to French investigators. France's BEA crash investigation agency declined to confirm growing evidence against the copilot before ...

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 ...

World Mar 27, 2015

No sure way to prevent pilot suicides: psychologists

As investigators probe why a young German pilot deliberately crashed an Airbus A320 passenger jet into the French Alps on Tuesday, pilots and psychologists warned there is no foolproof way to prevent similar incidents in the future. All 150 people on board Germanwings Flight 9525 ...

German co-pilot said to have suffered from depression, anxiety

World Mar 27, 2015

German co-pilot said to have suffered from depression, anxiety

The German co-pilot who is believed to have deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps, killing 150 people, broke off his training six years ago due to depression and spent over a year in psychiatric treatment, a German newspaper reported on Friday. The story ...

Airbus A320 is an aviation workhorse

World Mar 25, 2015

Airbus A320 is an aviation workhorse

The Airbus A320 is the workhorse of Europe's aerospace industry, transporting more than a million people a day from business travelers to backpackers. The 150-seat medium-haul jet is one of the world's most intensively used, together with its main rival, the Boeing 737. The Germanwings aircraft ...