The Germanwings Flight 9525 crash occurred on March 24, 2015, in the French Alps. Here are some key points of the tragedy:
The flight was en route from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany, with 150 passengers and crew on board.
The co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, deliberately crashed the plane into the mountainside, killing all aboard.
Lubitz had a history of mental illness and had been declared unfit to fly by a doctor, but he kept this information from his employer.
The cockpit voice recorder revealed that Lubitz had locked the captain out of the cockpit and had set the plane on a descent course.
The crash prompted calls for better mental health screening for pilots and stricter regulations on medical confidentiality.
Germanwings (a subsidiary of Lufthansa) faced criticism for not having more stringent medical screening processes in place, as well as for its response to the tragedy.
The crash was one of the deadliest aviation accidents in European history and led to widespread grief and mourning.
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On the 24th March 2015, at around 10:41am, Germanwings flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps, resulting in the death of every single person on board. An investigation would reveal that the crash was caused deliberately – but not by sabotage or a terrorist attack. In the case of the Germanwings disaster the crash was caused by the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who purposefully and calculatedly flew the plane into the side of a mountain.
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