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Mar 27, 2015

Co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing Germanwings jet

PARIS/SEYNE-LES-ALPES (Reuters) – A young German co-pilot barricaded himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and apparently set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself, French prosecutors said on Thursday.

They offered no motive for why Andreas Lubitz, 27, would take the controls of the Airbus A320, lock the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately set it veering down from cruising altitude at 3,000 feet per minute.

Mar 26, 2015

Airlines introduce two-person cockpit rule after Alps crash

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – Airlines rushed on Thursday to change rules to require a second crew member in the cockpit at all times, hours after French prosecutors suggested a co-pilot who barricaded himself alone at the controls of a jetliner had crashed it on purpose.

The United States already requires two crew members to be in the cabin at all times, but many other countries do not, allowing pilots to leave the flight deck, for example to use the toilet, as long as one pilot is at the controls.

Mar 26, 2015

Recording shows pilot locked out of Airbus cockpit before crash -NYT

SEYNE-LES-ALPES/PARIS, March 26 (Reuters) – Cockpit voice
recordings from the German jet that crashed in the Alps showed
one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in
before the plane went down, killing everyone onboard, the New
York Times reported.

The recordings did not make clear why the pilot left the
cockpit or why he could not regain entry as the plane steadily
descended toward a mountain range in a remote area of the French
Alpine region on Tuesday.

Mar 26, 2015

Cockpit voice tape studied in Airbus crash; NYT says pilot locked out

SEYNE-LES-ALPES/PARIS (Reuters) – Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the German Airbus plane that crashed into the Alps, killing everyone onboard, officials said on Wednesday.

The New York Times reported that evidence from the recordings showed that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the flight went down.

Mar 26, 2015

Investigators hope cockpit tape will explain Airbus crash

SEYNE-LES-ALPES/PARIS (Reuters) – Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the “black boxes” of the German jet that crashed in the Alps, killing everyone onboard, and they expect a preliminary read-out of their content in days, an official said on Wednesday.

The development came as French President Francois Hollande, Germany’s Angela Merkel and Spain’s Mariano Rajoy travelled to the crash site in a remote French Alpine region to pay tribute to the 150 victims, mostly Germany and Spanish.

Mar 25, 2015

Warren of laboratories outside Paris at heart of German plane crash inquiry

PARIS, March 25 (Reuters) – A warren of laboratories on the
outskirts of Paris is where French investigators now face
laborious and complex detective work to try to establish what
caused a German airline disaster in the French Alps that killed
150 people.

The cockpit voice recorder of the Germanwings Airbus A320
arrived on Wednesday at the spartan offices of France’s
Bureau d’Enquete d’Accidents (BEA, or bureau of accident
investigations), where it will be studied in coming weeks.

Mar 25, 2015

Cockpit voice tape hoped to unravel Airbus crash riddle

SEYNE-LES-ALPES/PARIS (Reuters) – Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the German Airbus plane that smashed into the Alps, killing everyone onboard, and they expect a preliminary read-out of their content in days, an official said on Wednesday.

The development came as French President Francois Hollande, Germany’s Angela Merkel and Spain’s Mariano Rajoy traveled to the crash site in a remote French Alpine region to pay tribute to the 150 victims, mostly Germany and Spanish.

Mar 25, 2015

Laborious ‘black box’ inquiry aims to unlock German crash cause

PARIS, March 25 (Reuters) – A warren of laboratories on the
outskirts of Paris is where French investigators could face
months of laborious and complex detective work to try to
establish what caused a German airline disaster in the French
Alps that killed 150 people.

One of the Germanwings Airbus A320′s two ‘black
boxes’ was found hours after Tuesday’s crash and will come under
scrutiny at the spartan offices of France’s Bureau d’Enquete
d’Accidents (BEA, or office of accident investigations.

Mar 24, 2015

Airbus A320 is an aviation workhorse

PARIS (Reuters) – The Airbus A320 is the workhorse of Europe’s aerospace industry, transporting more than a million people a day from business travelers to backpackers.

The 150-seat medium-haul jet is one of the world’s most intensively used together with its main rival, the Boeing 737.

Mar 20, 2015

Lessor Amedeo sees two potential A380 customers in 2015

PARIS, March 20 (Reuters) – Aircraft leasing company Amedeo
may sign up two customers for the Airbus A380 this
year, its chief executive told Reuters.

The Dublin-based company ordered 20 superjumbos last year
and says it is confident of placing the world’s largest jetliner
with airlines after a period of slow A380 activity.