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Lufthansa 'under no obligation' to report co-pilot's condition

Lufthansa has indicated that it was under no obligation to report the fact that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has suffered from depression to Germany's national aviation authority.

Analysis of a second black box confirmed Lubitz deliberately crashed Flight 4U 9525 into the French Alps, investigators said.

The data indicated that the pilot modified automatic settings to increase the speed of the plane as it descended, France BEA said.

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Distress call sent before Germanwings French Alps crash

A distress call was sent before the Germanwings Airbus A320 flight crashed in the French Alps, with 148 people on board, the French transport minister has said.

File photo of a Germanwings Airbus A320 registration D-AIPX. Credit: REUTERS/Jan Seba

Alain Vidalies said the call was issued at 10.47 am when the aircraft was at 5,000 feet and in an "abnormal situation".

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