Germanwings crash: French eye cockpit entry, psychological screening rules – Economic Times

Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
PARIS: France’s air accident investigation agency says it is examining cockpit entry and psychological screening procedures following the crash of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps that killed all 150 people on board.

Authorities say co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who in the past had been treated for suicidal tendencies, locked the captain out of the cockpit before flying the Airbus 320 into a mountain during its March 24 flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.

In its first statement since the co-pilot’s responsibility was established, the French agency known as BEA said today that its investigation was aiming to provide a “detailed analysis” of flight data.

The BEA also said it would be studying “systemic weaknesses” that could have led to the crash – notably psychological screening procedures and cockpit-door procedures.


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