Criminal investigation for Germanwings co-pilot to begin

Criminal inquiry to initiate to determine whether co-pilot of crashed Germanwings flight in proper psychological state

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A criminal investigation inquiring the Germanwings crash at the French Alps location in March that led to the death of 150 people will begin next week, a French prosecutor said on Thursday.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, speaking at a press conference in Paris, announced a criminal investigation that will probe into the psychological state of the co-pilot prior to the crash and whether it was monitored properly would start next week.

A few weeks earlier, the French Bureau of Investigation and Analysis, BEA, which is in control of the investigations of the crash released a statement saying the co-pilot might have deliberately crashed the Airbus A320 plane into the French Alps, tracing reports detailing the co-pilot of practicing rapid descent on flight simulators.

French investigators have acknowledged a report at a preliminary hearing that the 27-year-old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz “intentionally” crashed the plane.

“Andreas Lubitz had great depression in the past and had seen doctors for at least 41 times over the last five years,” said prosecutor Robin,

Lubitz occasionally had appointment with doctors that he kept secret and it’s possible that he could only access to 30 percent of his eyesight, he added.

Last week, all the 150 deceased had been DNA identified and confirmed with their relatives. Their burial permits were signed too.

The prosecutor also announced that 30 bodies will be sent to their home countries and the unidentified body parts will be buried in the French town of Le Vernet, close to the crash site.

The low budget airlines Germanwings was founded by Lufthansa airlines in 2002, the largest airlines in Europe, and the March crash was their first deadly disaster.

TRTWorld and agencies