Le Bourget (France) (AFP) – Nearly a year after the disaster of Germanwings, the French civil aviation Sunday advocated increased medical control of drivers and a lifting of secrecy in cases of psychological disorders, confirming the scenario of a deliberate crash co-pilot.
the disaster had 150 people (144 passengers and six crew members) in March 2015 in the French Alps and raised new questions on aviation security .
the final report of the investigation and analysis Bureau (BEA), published in Le Bourget, near Paris, definitively validates the scenario of the tragedy of the German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, in plagued by psychological problems.
“the principle of medical confidentiality should be broken so that doctors can transmit certain information to the competent authorities when they think there is a short-term danger,” said the press director of the BEA, Rémi Jouty.
According to the BEA, the breaking of confidentiality exists in countries such as Israel, Canada and Britain.
one of its heads of investigation, Arnaud Desjardins, noted that “several private doctors had information” about the disease of Andreas Lubitz, but that it was “not reached the aeronautical authorities nor the employer Germanwings’ low cost subsidiary of Lufthansa.
for security reasons, the BEA report recommends “obligation of making rules” doctors “to inform the competent authorities when the health of a patient has high risk to affect public safety. “
It advocates regular assessments for pilots with a known history of psychological problems and calls to prevent a” reluctance of drivers to report their problems (…) . for fear of losing their license “
These recommendations are not mandatory, but the reports of BEA authoritative in the international aviation community
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the French experts suggest “no change” on the locking of the cockpit, which can only be opened from the outside since the attacks of 11 September 2001. “the terrorist risk is always there,” said Director of the BEA, Rémy Jouty.
They do not mention the obligatory presence of two people in the cabin throughout the flight, as recommended by the European Aviation safety Agency (Easa) but is not unanimously.
the German Cockpit pilots union said it was “balanced” suggestions of French experts and defended their use in “totality”. Conversely, his French counterpart SNPL judge that breaches of confidentiality “will not be used much.”
“It is crucial that any reasonable recommendation in the report to improve aviation safety be implemented as soon as possible, “ruled Jim Morris, a lawyer for the British families of victims in the Sunday Mirror.
” the families want to see some important lessons learned in order to limit the risk of re similar tragedies, “he said.
on March 24, 2015, Andreas Lubitz, the first officer of the flight GWI18G Barcelona-Düsseldorf Germanwings, had benefited from a release of the cab driver commit the fatal descent of the Airbus.
the medical record of this young German of 27 years had revealed that he was suffering from depression, without being forbidden to drive.
150 victims of the disaster Germanwings were from twenty countries. Germany and Spain were the most affected, with respectively 72 and 50 dead.
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the crash, a majority of families must be met for March 23 ceremony in Marseille (south of France) before traveling the next day to the scene of the crash.
Christof Wellens, a German lawyer for relatives of victims, announced in early March will file a complaint in the US against Lufthansa flight school near Phoenix (Arizona), which was formed Andreas Lubitz.
the lawyers of the victims’ relatives believe the compensation proposed by Lufthansa too low (25,000 euros for each victim in addition to a first aid 50,000 euros) and have repeatedly threatened to complain to the United States, where the financial compensation may be much higher than in Europe.