Friday 24 February 2017

Germany sets up task force to examine cockpit safety and medical checks for pilots in aftermath of Germanwings crash

French rescue worker inspects the debris from the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps March 29, 2015. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
French rescue worker inspects the debris from the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps March 29, 2015. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Shortly after Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, deliberately crashed the plane killing 150 people, it emerged he had suffered from depression (AP Photo/Michael Mueller)
French Gendarme Bruno Hermignies stands by a bulldozer clearing a path to the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the mountains, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps. Photo: Reuters
Rescue workers are seen near debris at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps. Photo: Reuters
French Gendarme Bruno Hermignies stands by a bulldozer clearing a path to the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the mountains, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps. Photo: Reuters
A French rescue worker inspects the debris from the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps. Photo: Reuters

Germany is setting up a task force to examine safety issues such as the cockpit door mechanism and medical testing for pilots in the wake of last week's Germanwings crash.

Investigators believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked his captain out of the Airbus A320's cockpit and intentionally crashed Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf into a mountainside on March 24, based on recordings from the plane's cockpit voice recorder.

All 150 people aboard were killed.

German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt today met the German Aviation Association, which represents German airlines, to discuss a response to the crash.

Rescue workers are seen near debris at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps. Photo: Reuters
Rescue workers are seen near debris at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps. Photo: Reuters

He said they decided to set up a task force of experts to consider whether changes are needed to cockpit door mechanisms, or pilots' medical examinations or "psychological criteria and procedures".

French Gendarme Bruno Hermignies stands by a bulldozer clearing a path to the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the mountains, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps. Photo: Reuters
French Gendarme Bruno Hermignies stands by a bulldozer clearing a path to the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the mountains, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps. Photo: Reuters
A French rescue worker inspects the debris from the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps. Photo: Reuters
A French rescue worker inspects the debris from the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps. Photo: Reuters

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