Friday, May 22, 2015
Investigators looking into the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash in March announced on Wednesday that they had formally identified the 150 passengers who died on the Airbus 320 when it was flown into the French Alps. This will allow for the victims families to prepare for a proper burial ceremony in the coming weeks. It has reportedly taken more than six weeks to match the DNA found at the site of the crash in the French Alps with those of the family members of the victims involved. The city prosecutor of Marseilles, Brice Robin has now said that "The 150 death certificates can now be signed, as well as the 150 burial permits."
This comes after extensive investigation into the life of the 27 year old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz who had reportedly suffered depression. After locking the cockpit door whilst the pilot was on a toilet break, Lubitz purposely flew the plane into the French Alps. Reports from France's BEA civil aviation investigators revealed that Lubitz had practised altering the flight's data settings during the outbound flight to Barcelona from an altitude of 11,600 metres to an alarmingly low 30 metres.
The incident has sparked calls for other international flights to implement the rule of always having two people in the cockpit at all times during flights to prevent any further tragedies such as this. The final report of the investigation is set to be finalised next year.
== Sources ==
AFP. "Germanwings crash: All 150 victims identified, can now be buried" — ABC World News, May 20, 2015
AFP. "All Germanwings crash victims identified" — Sky World News, May 20, 2015