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Germanwings crash: France mulls manslaughter charges

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Germanwings crash: France mulls manslaughter charges


The chief prosecutor investigating the Germanwings plane crash says he is considering whether manslaughter charges can be brought.

Brice Robin claims some doctors felt co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was psychologically unstable and not fit to fly but their diagnoses were kept confidential.

“This investigation aims to better understand the balance between doctor–patient confidentiality and flight security. It will aim to explain how and why a pilot could get into a cockpit with the intention to crash the aircraft together with its occupants,” said Robin.

Families of the victims of the March 21 tragedy also met with investigators in Paris on Thursday.

Reports suggest Lubitz, who purposely crashed the plane into the French Alps, had consulted more than 40 different doctors for mental health issues.

He also feared he was going blind. But while doctors couldn’t find a root cause for his failing eyesight, one psychologist believed it could have been psychosis.

150 passengers and crew – mostly German and Spanish nationals – were killed in the crash in March.

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