Lufthansa denies that it had to inform the medical history of lubitz
Lufthansa denied Monday that it had the duty to provide information to the Federal Bureau of Aviation of Germany (LBA) about the medical history of Andreas Lubitz, Copilot of the A320 aircraft from Germanwings accused of deliberately crashing the device in the French Alps, because he obtained his pilot’s license before the entry into force of the regulations that hardened reporting obligations. The German, parent company of the low-cost, was aware that Lubitz had suffered a depression in 2009.
Lufthansa said in a statement that a provision of the regulation 1178 / 2011 and means acceptable compliance of the European Agency of aviation security “protects the situation of certain certificates prior’s fitness for pilots and other certificates of doctors skilled in aeromedicina“.
These specialists can therefore issued extensions of those medical certificates, even after the entry into force of the new regulations, according to the company. “did not arise a further duty to forward them to the Federal Bureau of Aviation of Germany (LBA) as a result of the change in the legal situation”, says the press release.
La LBA said on Sunday that it had “no information” about Lubitz depression before the accident (see: German authorities were not informed by Lufthansa of Lubitz disorder). The information that Lufthansa had or not on the Copilot psychiatric problems could be a key factor to determine the liability of the company. German financial group Allianz estimated that insurers could end up paying around 300 million euros in claims and costs related to the accident, according to the Reuters Agency.
The European regulations which came into force in April 2013 sets that should be reported on the cases of pilots with psychiatric problems to the air, authority which could restrict their licenses. Lubitz paralyzed his training as a pilot for several months in 2009. When he resumed it, informed instructors of Lufthansa that had suffered from severe depression.
Copilot Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, obtained their first licence to pilot flights in 2012. The information from the black boxes of the Airbus A320 damaged points to Lubitz locked himself in the cockpit and maneuvered the controls in a deliberate action of crashing the plane in the French Alps, ending his life and that of the other 149 people on board.