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Doc Referred Germanwings Co-Pilot to Psych Clinic, Told No One

French authorities urge better mental health reporting in wake of Andreas Lubitz

(Newser) - Aviation agencies should draw up new rules requiring medical workers to warn authorities when a pilot's mental health could threaten public safety, French investigators recommended Sunday in their report on the Germanwings plane crash. The investigation found that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had consulted dozens of doctors in the weeks... More »

Germanwings Offers to Pay, Families React in 'Horror'

Offer of $27K per victim isn't nearly enough: lawyer

(Newser) - Relatives of victims of the Germanwings plane crash say they're "appalled" by a compensation offer meant to ease their suffering. Parent company Lufthansa says it will pay $27,700 per victim—in addition to some $55,540 paid immediately after the crash—plus an $11,110 payment to... More »

Germanwings Pilot Reached Out to Dozens of Doctors

Andreas Lubitz may have been seeking advice for an 'undisclosed ailment'

(Newser) - A state prosecutor says Andreas Lubitz had reached out to dozens of doctors before crashing a Germanwings airliner into the French Alps. How the AP interprets the news: That suggests Lubitz was desperate to find an explanation for an undisclosed mental or physical ailment, even as he researched ways of... More »

Germanwings Co-Pilot Practiced Dives on Flight Before Crash

Andreas Lubitz made 'controlled descent' while alone in cockpit: report

(Newser) - Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz tested what would be deadly descent settings on the flight that directly preceded the one investigators say he deliberately crashed into the French Alps. That detail comes from a 29-page interim report released today by France's BEA crash investigation agency; it describes how Lubitz, flying... More »

FAA Had Its Doubts About Germanwings Pilot

Feds raised questions about his mental health

(Newser) - The Germanwings pilot believed to have killed himself and a planeload of people in a deliberate crash was trained in the US, but federal authorities almost nixed his flying career, according to records obtained by the New York Times and CNN . Documents released by the Federal Aviation Administration from between... More »

Yes, We Still Need Pilots in the Cockpit

Opinion piece: It's a 'stubborn myth' that planes fly themselves

(Newser) - The Germanwings crash has renewed a familiar argument that goes something like this: Planes pretty much fly themselves these days, so let's make them fully automated and much safer by removing humans from the cockpit. Well, that's nuts, writes Patrick Smith in the New York Times . Smith is... More »

Woman's Letter to Plane's Pilots Goes Viral

'Thank you for taking me home. Thank you for doing so safely.'

(Newser) - Jai Dillon's Twitter bio describes him as an "airline pilot operating the B737 soon to be operating the A320." So it's not overly surprising that he'd tweet something a fellow pilot passed along. Except in this instance, and in the context of the Germanwings crash... More »

Black Box: Co-Pilot Sped Up Before Crash

Body parts from all 150 dead have been found

(Newser) - The second black box found yesterday at the site of the Germanwings crash is already offering new details about the event that killed 150 people. The charred flight-data recorder was found embedded 8 inches in the ground by an officer who was digging by hand in an already-searched ravine. Experts... More »

Prosecutors: Co-Pilot Researched Cockpit Door Security

German prosecutors reconstructed searches made on his tablet

(Newser) - There's been a wave of new developments this morning regarding Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz and the downed flight. German prosecutors say that it appears Lubitz researched both suicide methods and cockpit door security during the period from March 16 to March 23, reports the AP ; the crash occurred on... More »

Bachmann: Obama Is Like Germanwings Co-Pilot

Iran deal 'flying nation into rocks,' she says

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann is now a private citizen, not a House lawmaker or presidential candidate, but she has still managed to find her way into the news with a provocative Facebook post likening President Obama to Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz . "With his Iran deal, Barack Obama is for the 300... More »

Pilot Told Airline of Severe Depression

European publications say they've got video from inside the plane

(Newser) - Lufthansa today revealed that the pilot accused of intentionally crashing the Germanwings plane had informed the airline in 2009 about a "previous episode of severe depression," reports CNN . Andreas Lubitz made the admission to explain why he had taken several months off from the airline's flight-training school,... More »

Co-Pilot Lubitz Had Suicidal Tendencies Years Ago

Prosecutors say he was in therapy for years before becoming pilot

(Newser) - The man thought to have deliberately sent a Germanwings Airbus into the side of a mountain last week was treated for suicidal tendencies for several years before he became a pilot, German prosecutors said today. Andreas Lubitz underwent therapy "with a note about suicidal tendencies," reports the AP... More »

DNA of 78 Recovered From Alps Crash Site

Airbus chief blasts media coverage of disaster

(Newser) - Investigators carrying out the grim task of recovering wreckage and human remains from the Germanwings crash say they have not found an intact body—or the flight data recorder. To aid the search, an access road is being built to the remote site in the French Alps, where forensic teams... More »

More Reports That Co-Pilot's Illness Was 'Psychosomatic'

As more details trickle out about the treatment Andreas Lubitz sought

(Newser) - Many of the reports remain unverified or from anonymous sources, but they continue to pile up: The New York Times yesterday reported that Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz sought treatment for an unspecified vision problem that one unnamed investigation official told the Times might have been psychosomatic. A report today from... More »

Pilot Had Potentially Serious Vision Trouble, Too

New York Times reports it might have ended his career

(Newser) - The troubling details about Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz keep piling up: The New York Times reports that he sought treatment for an unspecified vision problem that had the potential to end his career. As with his psychological problems , the 27-year-old apparently did not reveal the vision trouble to his employer,... More »

Relatives of Plane Crash Victims Get First $55K

But damages are 'unlimited' for Lufthansa

(Newser) - Lufthansa today offered what it calls a "preliminary" payment to the relatives of each victim of the Germanwings crash , a sum of $54,800, reports NBC News . But preliminary is a key word, because the airline will surely be shelling out much, much more. For starters, a world treaty... More »

Torn-Up Doctor's Note Found in Co-Pilot's Home

Andreas Lubitz may have been treated for depression

(Newser) - Police last night searched Germanwings co-pilot's Andreas Lubitz's apartment in Duesseldorf, Germany, and the home he shared with his parents in the small town of Montabaur, removing boxes of possessions and what one investigator called a potentially "significant clue" that will be taken for testing, reports the... More »

This Isn't the First 'Suicide by Plane Crash'

Germanwings crash chillingly similar to 2013 crash

(Newser) - It's thankfully very rare for a pilot to decide midflight that it's time for themselves and everybody on board to die, but Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz isn't the first believed to have done so. While the lack of survivors can make such cases hard to confirm, experts... More »

What We Know About the Germanwings Co-Pilot

Andreas Lubitz was 'happy to have his job'

(Newser) - Before he locked his pilot out of the cockpit and intentionally sent 149 people to their deaths on a French mountainside , Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was an apparently happy guy with hobbies and a picturesque house in Montabaur, Germany. A neighbor who knew him tells Le Figaro that Lubitz "... More »

Germanwings Co-Pilot Began Descent 'Intentionally'

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was conscious until impact, says prosecutor

(Newser) - Last night's revelation that one of the Germanwings flight's pilots was locked out of the cockpit before the plane went down and tried desperately to get back inside suggested something sinister occurred. Today, Marseilles prosecutor Brice Robin indicated that was indeed the case, saying it appears that... More »

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