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Germanwings Crash Victims' Families Sue Flight School Co-Pilot Attended

© AP Photo / Frank AugsteinGermanwings aircraft
Germanwings aircraft - Sputnik International
Relatives of Germanwings passenger plane victims, who died in the March 2015 plane crash in the French Alps, have filed a lawsuit against the US-based flight school, in which co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who deliberately crashed the plane, was trained.

BERLIN (Sputnik) — On March 24, 2015, the Germanwings Airbus A320 flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed in a remote area of the French Alps killing all 150 people on board. According to the information from the plane’s black boxes, Lubitz deliberately crashed the plane after locking the pilot out of the cockpit.

A French Gendarmerie rescue helicopter flies over the debris of the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, in this picture taken on March 27, 2015. French BEA air accident investigators reported March 13, 2016 that a doctor had recommended that the German pilot who crashed a Germanwings jet into the Alps last year should be treated in a psychiatric hospital two weeks before the disaster - Sputnik International
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"The lawsuit against the flight school has been filed to the federal court of Arizona where this institution is located. It is happening right now, at this moment," Elmar Giemulla, the German lawyer, who represents dozens of victims' families, told RIA Novosti.

According to the lawyer, the relatives seek to get the compensation from the flight school and to find out whether this school somehow affected the disaster.

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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Lubitz was known to have undergone psychological treatment in 2009 while in training at Germanwings' parent-company Lufthansa's flying school. Intermittent bouts of depression caused him to suspend his training in 2008. Lubitz went on to train at Lufthansa's flight school in Arizona after his reinstatement.

The crash investigation revealed that Lubitz visited 41 doctors several months prior to the plane crash. The evidence revealed that the co-pilot had complained of losing eyesight and suffering from insomnia and suicide thoughts.

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