The criminal investigation into the Germanwings plane crash has concluded that the co-pilot was the one particular accountable for purposefully flying the plane into the French Alps and now prosecutors might file involuntary homicide charges against the airline due to negligence, investigators announced right now.
Since the investigation concluded that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was solely responsible for the March crash, and they are unable to charge him posthumously, authorities are now examining the airline’s possible liability.
Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin noted that European regulations mandate that the individual is the only 1 who can request overall health records getting handed over to his employer, which could have prevented the airline from realizing about his health-related situations.
“French law doesn’t allow the prosecutor to prosecute the co-pilot for voluntary homicide because he is dead — even even though authorities have determined that he voluntarily and possibly with premeditation crashed the plane killing all aboard,” Robin mentioned in French.
Not only did Lubitz have problems with depression but he also feared he was going blind and would lose his job, Robin said.
Lubitz’s medical records had been a big element of the case and Robin stated that it was clear that he had been attempting to conceal his illness.
“I think deep down he knew that if his employers knew about his eyesight loss … then he would shed his license and considering the fact that [flying] was his major objective in life, the notion was unbearable to him,” Robin mentioned at a news conference today.
Lubitz saw 41 doctors in the previous five years, which includes seven medical doctors for the duration of the month before the March 24 crash alone, Robin mentioned.
A number of of the physicians “located that he was quite down, quite unsure of himself … and he gave them the impression that he was psychologically unstable,” according to Robin.
The crux of the rest of the investigation will focus on how healthcare secrecy laws prevented the firm from recognizing Lubitz’s interactions with doctors in a way that, in this case, turned fatal. Lubitz and all 149 other folks on board the Dusseldorf-bound plane had been killed in the crash.
“Existing regulations do not require health-related personnel outside the airline to communicate any info about their patient,” Robin said. “How can we reconcile health-related secrecy with the information that an employer like an airline demands to make a determination on the aptitude of its employee to fly a plane?”
Robin noted that the involuntary homicide case will concentrate on “somebody who was negligent” but that precise topic has not however been identified. Germanwings is a subsidiary of Lufthansa and each will be the topic of the ongoing investigation, Robin mentioned.
“This could involve Lufthansa or Germanwings but at the moment we don’t have the proof to bring charges against these organizations,” Robin stated.