Le Vernet in the French Alps – one year ago 150 people lost their lives there when Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately flew an Airbus into the mountainside.
Most of those who died were either Spanish or German. On the eve of the official ceremony in France, relatives who have organised themselves into an association, gathered in Barcelona where the plane had taken off for Dusseldorf.
Silvia Chaves, President of Association of Victims of “Germanwings Flight 9525“http://www.euronews.com/2016/03/23/germanwings-tragedy-life-has-resumed-but-traces-of-the-catastrophe-endure/, said: “We want to prevent incidents like this one from happening again. We want to prevent other families from going through the terrible situation we’ve lived through. And we want society and our leaders to realise the necessity of taking care of each one of us.”
Although airline Lufthansa has introduced random drug and alcohol tests there is still discontent with procedures concerning medical checks on pilots.
Lubitz was suffering from a suspected psychotic depressive episode but his doctor had not informed the airline.
In a report published 10 days before the anniversary, French air accident investigators recomended Germany clarify its rules on when doctors can break confidentiality.
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