Germany is setting up a task force to examine safety issues such as the cockpit door mechanism and medical testing for pilots in the wake of last week’s Germanwings crash.
Investigators believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked his captain out of the Airbus A320’s cockpit and intentionally crashed Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf into a mountainside on March 24, based on recordings from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder. All 150 people aboard were killed.
Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt met Thursday with the German Aviation Association, which represents German airlines, to discuss a response to the crash.
He said they decided to set up a task force of experts to consider whether changes are needed to cockpit door mechanisms, or pilots’ medical examinations or “psychological criteria and procedures.”