Germanwings co-pilot accelerated aircraft on descent

The second black box recovered from the wreckage of Germanwings flight 4U9525 shows that the co-pilot accelerated the aircraft as it descended into the Alps, French aviation officials said Friday. French aviation authority BEA also said that the flight data recorder confirms that Andreas Lubitz changed the autopilot to lower[…]

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Little vetting of pilots for mental health: experts

Despite U.S. and international regulations requiring that airline pilots be screened for mental health problems, little effective, real-world checking takes place, pilots and safety experts say. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, has raised questions about the mental state of[…]

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Germanwings co-pilot ‘sought to destroy plane’

The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and “intentionally” sent the plane full speed into a mountain in the French Alps, ignoring the pilot’s frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s “intention (was)[…]

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