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    Germanwings Crash Investigation Didn't Comply With Int'l Standards – IFALPA

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    The International Federation of Air Line's Pilots' Association said that the investigation of the Germanwings flight 9525 crash does not correspond to international standards.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The investigation of the March Germanwings flight 9525 crash does not correspond to international standards, the International Federation of Air Line's Pilots' Association (IFALPA) said Monday in a statement.

    "Any accident investigation has to be performed according to internationally agreed principles as laid out in ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organization] Annex 13. So far, this investigation has not met these standards," the statement read.

    The IFALPA cited regular leaks of confidential data and pressure from the media as damaging for aviation industry.

    "Only the final outcome of the investigation will allow firm conclusions to be drawn and to identify adequate solutions," the IFALPA added.

    In late March, a Germanwings A320 Airbus, en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, crashed in a remote mountainous area in southern France, killing all 150 people on board. The plane's co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, is believed to have locked the pilot out of the cockpit to intentionally crash the plane.

    Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, adopted in 2001, covers the rules on the notification, investigation and reporting of accidents.


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