NOBODY except pilot Andreas Lubitz can be held responsible for the plane crash in the French Alps in March 2015, the German public prosecutor’s office has decided.
All 150 people on board the A320 covering the Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf died when Lubitz, the co-pilot, flew the plane intentionally into the side of a mountain.
Although legal representatives of the victims’ families had suggested that doctors, the airline or German air authorities could be held responsible in part for the tragedy, investigators have now determined this is not the case.
Lubitz is believed to have been suffering a psychotic-depressive episode since December 2014, of which he had failed to inform his employers.
The accident led to proposals of stricter regulations across Europe regarding surveillance and controls on pilots.