French Plane Crash Part 11: Police open manslaughter inquest

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 18, 2015

French police have reportedly opened a probe to establish whether anyone could be held responsible for manslaughter following the deaths of 150 passengers aboard Germanwings Flight 4U9525 that crashed into the Alps three months ago.

According to AFP, lead prosecutor Brice Robin told the enquiry into the crash that investigators had expanded the motive against co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, as French law forbids the opening of a judicial case for murder in the case of the main perpetrator being amongst the deceased.

The 27-year old is widely believed to have intentionally caused the crash on March 24th having locking regular captain Patrick Sondenheimer out of the cabin, before activating the flight monitoring system that send the Airbus A320 into the side of a mountain while on a return flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

Last week, German media reported that Lubitz had seen around 46 doctors, from GP’s to neurologists, having been diagnosed with psychosis and apparently terrified of losing his sight.

It was also reported that the browser history on Lubitz’s iPad showed that he had searched the terms “living will,” “suffering” and “dying” a day before the crash with German prosecutor, Christoph Kumpa, stating that he never once mentioned killing himself despite raising his eyesight concern with his parents and girlfriend.

Kumpa also alleged that none of the specialist identified any suicide tendencies when interviewing Lubitz and that he had considered other means of killing himself such as poisons and Valium but feared them to be ineffective.

 

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