US flight school promoted struggling Germanwings pilot

2016-08-31 06:15
Andreas Lubitz (FIle, AP).

Andreas Lubitz (FIle, AP).

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Washington — Summaries of FBI interviews with flight instructors show that the pilot who deliberately flew his airliner into a mountainside in 2015 had struggled with learning to fly. He had failed a key test of his flying skills during his US training but was promoted anyway.

Attorneys representing families of crash victims say pilot Andreas Lubitz's training difficulties were one more "red flag" that should have caused Lufthansa and the airline's Arizona flight school to take a closer look at him and discover his history of depression.

The FBI conducted the interviews a week after the crash. Attorneys said they were only recently provided the summaries by prosecutors in Germany.

Lufthansa and flight school officials didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Read more on:    germanwings  |  lufthansa  |  andreas lubitz  |  germany  |  germanwings crash  |  aviation

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