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Lufthansa Failed to Inform Authorities of Germanwings Co-Pilot’s Depression

© REUTERS / French Interior Ministry/DICOM/Y. Malenfer/HandoutRescue workers and investigators, seen in this picture made available to the media by the French Interior Ministry April 1, 2015, work near debris from wreckage at the crash site of a Germanwings Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes
Rescue workers and investigators, seen in this picture made available to the media by the French Interior Ministry April 1, 2015, work near debris from wreckage at the crash site of a Germanwings Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes - Sputnik International
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Lufthansa medical personnel failed to inform the German Federal Aviation Office, that co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings flight had severe depression.

Rescue workers and investigators, seen in this picture made available to the media by the French Interior Ministry April 3, 2015, work at the crash site of a Germanwings Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) The medical personnel working at Lufthansa carrier failed to inform the German Federal Aviation Office, the Luftfahrtbundesamt (LBA) that co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings flight Airbus A320 Andreas Lubitz had severe depression, Welt am Sonntag reported Sunday.

The investigation has revealed that Lubitz received regular treatment at psychiatrists' and had taken antidepressants, tranquilizers and other medication to treat depression.

According to the information obtained by Welt am Sonntag, Lufthansa medical personnel is obliged to notify civil aviation authority of any serious conditions the pilots suffer from. In Lubitz' medical records there is a note prescribing to inform the LBA of the co-pilot's health problems, but according to the statement by the authority this had never happened.

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"Luftfahrtbundesamt had not been informed that L. [Lubitz] needs treatment," LBA said in a statement, quoted by Welt am Sonntag.

According to the German newspaper, Lufthansa refused to comment on this information.

The Germanwings Airbus A320, en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, crashed on March 24 in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

Data from the "black boxes" recovered at the scene indicated that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had deliberately crashed the plane.

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