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March 29, 2015

Officials say co-pilot intentionally crashed Germanwings Airbus

Officials say co-pilot intentionally crashed Germanwings Airbus

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Germanwings D-AIPX, the aircraft involved in the incident, taking off

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Officials said on Thursday, after analyzing data from the Germanwings Flight 9525 cockpit voice recorder, that the airbus crashed into the French Alps because its co-pilot deliberately crashed it.

On the cockpit voice recorder, the captain can be heard trying to get back into the cockpit. Transponder data indicates the autopilot was told to descend form 38,000 feet to 100 feet. The last part of the recording contains screaming during the sudden decent.

Investigators are still searching for the plane’s flight data recorder.

The co-pilot started training in 2008, and was diagnosed in 2009 with serious depression according to BBC News. Later he completed his training and passed all his tests to pilot, according to Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr.

In light of this incident, several airlines announced a ban on leaving any one person alone in the cockpit.

The flight path and altitude chart can be seen in the images below.


4U9525 flight path

4U9525 flight path

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4U9525 flight path

4U9525 flight path

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Altitude Chart for Flight 4U9525 register D-AIPX

Altitude Chart for Flight 4U9525 register D-AIPX

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March 25, 2015

Germanwings Flight 9525 crashes into French Alps, 150 on board

Germanwings Flight 9525 crashes into French Alps, 150 on board

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D-AIPX taking off from Barcelona Airport in May 2014.
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Germanwings Flight 9525, an Airbus A320 carrying 150 passengers and crew, crashed into the French Alps yesterday between Digne and Barcelonnette. Officials said there were no survivors. The plane was flying to Duesseldorf, Germany from Barcelona, Spain. An emergency recovery team made its way to the crash site and reportedly recovered one of the plane’s flight recorders.

According to French authorities, 144 passengers were aboard the plane, reportedly including sixteen school children who were travelling on a German exchange project. A further six crew were present, including the two pilots. The flight was predominately made up of Spanish and German citizens.

The pilots did not send a distress signal. Various officials described the crash as an accident; the White House stated terrorism is not believed to be a factor. The weather reportedly was clear when the crash occurred. The plane descended for eight minutes before impact falling, by various reports, more than 30,000 feet.

French President François Hollande said regarding the accident “I would like to send all our solidarity to the family of the victims[…] It’s a new air tragedy; we must know all the causes. We are in mourning because this accident happened on our territory”. He said he has been in contact with both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and King Felipe VI of Spain, the later of whom cancelled the remainder of his state visit to France.

According to French prosecutor Bruce Robin the plane was completely destroyed. He said “The body of the plane is in a state of destruction, there is not one intact piece of wing or fuselage”. He made the comments to Reuters news agency describing his view of the crash site from a helicopter.

Germanwings is owned by Lufthansa. CEO of Lufthansa Carsten Spohr said “We do not yet know what has happened to flight 4U 9525. My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of our passengers and crew on 4U 9525. If our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa. We hope to find survivors.”

The plane, registered as D-AIPX, had been in service for nearly 25 years. It first flew on November 29, 1990 and had been last checked earlier this month.


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February 22, 2010

Lufthansa pilots begin strike

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Monday, February 22, 2010

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The pilots’ union of German airline Lufthansa have begun, and then suspended, a four-day strike over pay and job security. Operations at subsidiary airlines Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings were also affected by the strike, but operations have returned to normal.

The strike began at midnight on Monday (18:00 Sunday EST) after negotiations between the airline and union, Vereinigung Cockpit, over the weekend failed to resolve the threat. According to the union, the strike was over reduced flying time for the pilots, triggered by Lufthansa’s recent acquisition of several smaller airlines, which the union says is causing traffic to be diverted from union-operated routes. Additionally, the union was seeking a pay increase of 6.4% and guarantees that German labor conditions would apply to Lufthansa crews from abroad, which would reduce the incentive for outsourcing to foreign crews. In a statement issued by Lufthansa, however, the airline said that the union also demanded a greater say in the operation of the airline, which Lufthansa was unwilling to agree to.

On Monday, less than 24 hours after it began, the union suspended the strike, agreeing to resume negotiations. A spokesman for the union said Lufthansa and the union had reached an agreement after a hearing at a Frankfurt court, where Lufthansa had filed an injunction against the union, calling the strike “disproportionate.” The strike is to be officially lifted at midnight Monday, although it’s unclear when operations will return to normal. While not ruling out future action, the union agreed not to strike again until at least March 9.

The strike has impacted around 10,000 passengers worldwide in the one day it was in place, with about half of Lufthansa’s flights being cancelled. The airline attempted to accommodate the disruptions by arranging alternative travel for passengers; train travel for domestic travelers, and booking travel on other airlines for international passengers.



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