Monday, March 14, 2016

Federal Aviation Administration Years Ago Raised Questions About Germanwings Co-Pilot: U.S. regulators initially declined to issue pilot medical certificate five years before he downed airliner

The Wall Street Journal
March 14, 2016 3:20 p.m. ET

U.S. aviation regulators in the summer of 2010 initially declined to issue a pilot medical certificate to then-student aviator Andreas Lubitz, who five years later intentionally brought down Germanwings Flight 9525.

The Federal Aviation Administration first said he wasn’t eligible for a pilot’s license due to a “history of reactive depression.”

After receiving a report from the applicant’s psychiatrist and psychotherapist, however, FAA medical officials dropped their objections. But in issuing a medical clearance in July 2010, the FAA’s Medical Certification Division said, “Operation of aircraft is prohibited at any time new symptoms or adverse changes occur or any time medication and/or treatment is required.”

Later license renewals and revaluations were approved by German doctors.

Original article can be found here:

Final Report:
NTSB Identification: DCA15WA093
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Barcellonette, France
Aircraft: AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A320-211, registration:
Injuries: 150 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The BEA of France has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Airbus A320-211 airplane that occurred on March 24, 2015. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the BEA's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13 as the State of Manufacturer and Design of the engines.

All investigative information will be released by the BEA-FR.

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