EU Knew of Unsafe Airline Practices Before Deadly Germanwings Crash in Alps


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BERLIN (AFP) – 

The European Aviation Safety Agency had voiced concerns over Germany’s “non-conformity” with air safety rules before the Germanwings air crash which killed 150 people, especially on air crew health monitoring, a spokesman told AFP Saturday.

The EASA, an EU agency, “had pointed out several cases of non-conformity,” spokesman Dominique Fouda said, confirming a Wall Street Journal report.

“On the basis of the EASA recommendations the European Commission launched, in late 2014, a process calling for accountability from Germany,” he continued.

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings airliner on March 24, had searched online for information about suicide and cockpit doors, according to prosecutors.

French gendarmes, seen in this picture made available to the press by the French Interior Ministry April 1, 2015, work near debris from wreckage showing a German flag at the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes, April 1, 2015…

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