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Germanwings Flight Rejects Takeoff due to Engine Failure

Germanwings flight 4U-4099 had to reject takeoff from Palma, Majorca, Spain, on April 6th.

The Airbus A320-200 plane was accelerating to take off for Dortmund, Germany, when one of the engines emitted a loud bang. The crew subsequently rejected take off and safely returned to the apron.

All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

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Germanwings Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Hamburg

Germanwings flight 4U-7218 had to return and make an emergency landing in Hamburg, Germany, on January 29th.

The Airbus A319-100 plane took off for Stockholm, Sweden, but had to return shortly afterwards after the crew reported an unidentified odor on board.

The plane landed back uneventfully.

Three passengers were taken to hospitals with respiratory problems while several others were treated at the airport.

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Germanwings Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Berlin

Germanwings flight 4U-8061 made an emergency landing in Berlin, Germany, on January 26th.

The Airbus A319-100 plane flying from Nuremberg, Germany, was on approach to Berlin when the crew reported an issue with flaps and aborted approach.

The plane landed uneventfully on second approach. All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

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Germanwings Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Cologne

Germanwings flight 4U-24 had to return and make an emergency landing in Cologne, Germany, on December 20th.

The Airbus A319-100 plane took off for Berlin, Germany, but had to return shortly afterwards due to a landing gear issue.

The plane landed safely. All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

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Bird-Hit Germanwings Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Germany

germanwingsGermanwings flight 4U-2033 had to return and make an emergency landing in Bremen, Germany, on November 9th.

The Airbus A319-100 plane took off for Stuttgart, Germany, but had to turn back due to a bird strike.

The plane landed uneventfully. Everyone aboard remained safe.

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Germanwings Flight Rejects Take Off from Hamburg

germanwingsGermanwings flight 4U-7046 rejected take off from Hamburg, Germany, on October 31st.

The plane was accelerating to take off for Stuttgart, Germany, when the crew rejected take off due to asymmetric thrust.

The plane safely returned to the apron.

All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

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Germanwings Plane Makes Emergency Landing due to Hydraulic Leak

germanwingsGermanwings Airlines flight 4U-585 made an emergency landing at Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany, on October 27th.

The Airbus A330-200 plane was flying from Palma, Spain, when the crew discovered a leak in a hydraulic system.

The crew decided to continue to Cologne where the plane landed safely.

All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

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Germanwings Flight Diverts to Belgrade due to Faulty Fan

germanwingsGermanwings flight 4U-5331 had to divert and make an emergency landing in Belgrade, Serbia, on October 8th.

The Airbus A319-100 plane heading from Rhodes, Greece, to Cologne, Germany, was diverted due to a faulty fan.

The plane landed safely. There were 144 people aboard at the time; all of them remained unharmed.

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Germanwings Plane Makes Emergency Landing due to Hydraulic Issue

germanwingsGermanwings flight 4U-8990 made an emergency landing at Berlin Tegel Airport, Germany, on July 19th.

The plane took off for Domodedovo International Airport, Russia, but had to return shortly afterwards due to a hydraulic issue.

The plane landed uneventfully. There were 131 people aboard at the time; all of them remained unharmed.

The airline arranged a replacement plane for the passengers.

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Germanwings Plane Makes Emergency Landing at Dusseldorf Airport

germanwingsGermanwings flight 4U9023 made an emergency landing at Dusseldorf airport, Germany, on May 16th.

The plane, flying from Dresden, Germany, declared an emergency after smoke was detected in the cockpit.

The plane landed uneventfully. All 142 passengers and 5 crew members remained safe.

The Ides of Germanwings: One Year Later

There is a time to go about our daily business. There is a time to set everything else aside, and just remember. Now it is time to remember.

Dusseldorf airport set aside a room for German family members of the 72 Germans who lost their lives on Flight 9525.

Today in Barcelona, flags were at half-mast and 149 candles lit as people gathered at Barcelona Airport to recall the victims of the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525. On 24 March 2015, one year ago as of tomorrow, Flight 9525 was en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when it crashed in the French Alps, killing 144 passengers, two pilots, and four cabin crew. The tragedy was engineered by suicidal co-pilot Andreas Lubitz. Family members gathered here, as well as emergency workers and officials.

There were fifty-one Spanish lost in the crash. Four countries (including the US) lost three victims; seven countries lost two victims, and five countries lost one. I hope that all the families, where ever they live, found comfort somewhere.

On Thursday, the victims’ names will be read and remembered; flowers will be left at the Le Vernet cemetery which houses the accident’s unidentified remains. Six hundred Flight 9525 victim’s friends and family will have a commemoration ceremony in Le Vernet village in the French Alps not far from the crash site. Weather prevents a visit to the crash site.

I was in Le Vernet last July when 149 balloons were released. I can’t help but feel that I should be there again to support the families. I have just returned from Barcelona, and barely unpacked my bags. I can only hope that the year of mourning and grieving has been cathartic, and that the families are finding a way to embrace life again.

Lufthansa: Safekeeping Profits or Passengers?

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Accident to the Airbus A320-211, registered D-AIPX and operated by Germanwings, flight GWI18G, on 03/24/15 at Prads-Haute-Bléone

According to the BEA, they will release the final report on Germanwings 9525 on Sunday, March 13, 2016 during a press briefing. I plan to be there.

Although the public has not seen the final report, and indeed, as the investigation has not yet even been completed, the world already understands what happened aboard this tragic flight. What we really do not understand—and perhaps never will—is what drove Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to research cockpit door security and methods of committing suicide. We do not know what drove a depressed human being to impel the plane and all the lives in his safekeeping into the side of a French mountain, condemning every soul aboard that plane to death. We do not know the devils that hounded him into this cold-blooded act. We only mourn, perhaps, his loss of humanity, as we mourn alongside the grieving families who have been robbed of their loved ones and their rightful lives.

All passenger/families received a total of 8 million euros, divided equally among them. Media reports on what passengers received from Lufthansa varies.

In the German media, the Rheinische Post claimed officials of the German airline said families of the 144 passengers have obtained different compensation amounts. It is also reported that Lufthansa group has paid 11.2 million euros ($12.48 million) to the families. Additional “uncalculated” compensation in “property damages” is still coming from Lufthansa to the families.

This compensation…coming from Lufthansa, whose 2014 profit was declared “flat” at a mere $31.7 billion, announced in October of 2015 a nine-month net profit of €1.75 billion ($ 1.97 billion), up 262.7% from €482 million. The tragedy which destroyed 150 lives, and crippled all of their families appears to have left Lufthansa’s bottom line untouched.

Do we also mourn and grieve and condemn Lufthansa? The depth of the ethics and principals of this many billion dollar company—the largest airline in Europe—remains to be seen. We can ask ourselves if this is a high-principled company of good repute, of sterling honor. We need not conjecture long. A tangible answer will be obvious when these decisions are made. We will see where lie their priorities when we learn how they treat the families whose lives hang in the balance in their custodianship.

Germanwings Airbus Returns to Germany due to Odor in Cockpit

germanwingsGermanwings flight 4U-526 had to return to Cologne Bonn Airport, Germany, on July 23.

The Airbus A320-200, en-route to Barcelona, Spain, from Cologne, Germany, had to return due to an unusual odor in the cockpit.

The plane landed uneventfully and all 164 passengers remained unhurt.

Passengers were accommodated in a replacement plane.

Mourning the Dead of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

An editorial about tragic victims, senseless conflict, evasive justice for the families of 298 murdered souls, and politics making strange bedfellows.

Woodland Hills, CA — (ReleaseWire) — 07/20/2015 — It has been a year and a day since the world was shocked by the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over the Ukraine. In different places in the world, the tragedy was commemorated, as well as in the field where the plane fell, where families gathered and remembered. While no one claims ownership of the deed, either Russian separatists or Ukrainians let fly the Buk missile that took down the commercial jet that was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It has been a year and a day since the death of 298 people innocently riding in a commercial jet, and the area is still in conflict. Fingers point at Russia, and at the separatists, and at Malaysia Airlines for choosing that flight path; but no matter what is decided based on international investigations, tribunals, or world opinion, regardless of what is fact, what is rumor, what is speculation, bias, wild guess or secret knowledge, the victims are still dead. Maybe there is a puppet master; maybe there are military puppets falling on their swords. There are dark agendas at work here; and the families are still bleeding, facing that black hole of loss and suffering.

Less time has passed since the release of a tape of a damning conversation and film of military personal at the scene of the crash that appears to indicate a senseless accident. There will be punishment, and penance. Something will be decided to satisfy the courts and the crucible of world opinion, but in the end, there will still be 298 dead. Nothing can be done to bring true justice. Nothing can be done to erase the savagery, the horror, the tragedy. Nothing will bring them back.

Politicization of the tragedy and all the finger-pointing, are an evil joke. Those who are responsible know the truth, and should come forward with it. I do not know how the families continue. I do not know how they manage to face each day, but the families of the dead are the true victims and the true heroes. What fortitude it must take to have faced 366 mornings with the knowledge of their loss, to behave as if life goes on, when it died in flames, and lies in ashes in a cold foreign field.


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Return of Germanwings Crash Victims’ Remains Delayed

GermanwingsThe relatives of Germanwings flight 9525 crash victims have expressed “rage and despair”, after Lufthansa delayed return of the victims’ remains to Germany.

The plane, which crashed in France on March 24, was carrying 150 people, around half whom were German.

The airline had originally planned to bring the victim’s remains to Germany on June 9 and 10. However, on June 3, it sent an email to the families, informing them that the plan had been “temporarily interrupted” for an indefinite period.

Elmar Giemulla, an attorney representing several victims’ relatives, said “anger and despair are growing” among the families.

According to Germanwings spokesman Joachim Schoettes, errors in death certificates of victims forced the delay. “We’re working intensively on finding a solution as quickly as possible in the interests of the relatives,” he said.

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Lufthansa to Propose Random Drug Tests for Pilots

LufthansaIn the wake of recent Germanwings crash, Lufthansa is considering introducing unannounced drug tests for pilots.

In a recent interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said such random drug tests will help improve flight safety.

It is believed that the airline will submit a proposal for unannounced drug tests to the German taskforce that was set up after flight 9525 crashed in French Alps on March 24.

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Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation of Germanwings Plane

GermanwingsA Germanwings Airbus A320 had to be evacuated at Cologne/Bonn airport in Germany, on April 12.

The airline said Milan-bound flight 4U 826 was taxiing to the runway when the air traffic tower asked the pilot to abort the flight due to a bomb threat.

All 132 people aboard were evacuated safely. The airline confirmed that the plane was thoroughly searched but not explosive device was found.

An alternate aircraft was arranged for the passengers.

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Germanwings Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Venice

GermanwingsGermanwings flight 3882 made an emergency landing at Marco Polo Airport in Venice, Italy, on April 3.

According to the airline, the flight, en-route from Hanover, Germany, to Rome, was diverted because, “two people, a passenger and a member of the crew, were struck by strong nausea and needed medical treatment.”

The plane, carrying 149 people, landed uneventfully. Medical attention was provided to the sick passenger and crew member.

The flight resumed shortly afterwards.

Venice-Bound Germanwings Flight Diverts to Stuttgart Airport

GermanwingsGermanwings Flight 4U 814 had to divert and make an unscheduled landing at Stuttgart Airport, Germany, on April 4.

The airline said the Airbus A319, en-route from Cologne, Germany, to Venice, Italy, had to be diverted after the pilot reported suspected oil leakage and shut down one of the engines. “This is a standard safety procedure. It was not an emergency landing,” the statement said.

The plane landed safely and all 123 passengers and 5 crew members remained safe.

The aircraft was taken for inspection while an alternate plane was arranged for the passengers.

The Ironic Tragedy of Germanwings Flight 9525


Cockpit door designed to lock trouble out locks in Suicidal Pilot

Pasadena, CA — (ReleaseWire) — 04/02/2015 — As an advocate (not a lawyer) of fair compensation for the victims of plane crashes, I have been closely following the story behind the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 and the now notorious 27-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz. As is always the case, a team of expert investigators will dig out the facts to determine the most likely scenario behind the crash. That careful investigation will take a year at the very least. In this Germanwings accident, the one factor that stands out already is the role played by the pilot’s state of mind in what appears now to be his deliberate collision course with the French Alps. It is now common knowledge that the plane disintegrated on impact with the Massif des Trois-Évêchés. Imagine how horrified the families were when the transcript of the CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder) was quickly leaked by tabloids. Journalists have been shouldering each other out of the way to get to the front of the line, “scooping” each with another “leaked” nugget. A girlfriend’s interview. A medical report here. A video there. TV commentators and newspapers from CNN and the venerable New York Times to the most scurrilous tabloids are spouting “the facts” faster than investigators can have gotten to the information. Tweeting the news as I do results in loads of source-checking, and plenty of on-going head-scratching moments while weeding out wild supposition masquerading as news in sources one would normally consider impeccable. When one source says “the plane is blue,” another says “the plane is red.” Sometimes I can determine which is the truth, but sometimes I have to leave it to readers to puzzle out.

I have been working Wrongful Death cases for some forty-seven years now. I am a consultant to attorneys across the globe who represent the families of Wrongful Death victims. Each investigation is exactly the same in terms of the emotional impact of the accident. Devastating. Whether the case may or may not end up in court, whether or not the accident catches the media’s attention, every aspect is always impossibly difficult for the families. Some accidents seem similar because they share a factor, whether it be similar weather conditions, mechanical difficulties, or a particular flaw in a particular model of plane.

Some aviation accidents personify extremes. Consider that while there is always some degree of speculation as to an accident’s cause, MH370 brought as many conspiracy theorists out of the woodwork in this past twelve months as Amelia Earhart’s disappearance has in the past 87 years. Everything seems plausible when people are desperate for an explanation. Because in this age of cell phones and satellites, there is simply no explanation for a plane to vanish, MH370 has become the “poster child” for speculation. I expect MH370 will continue to spawn new theories and will endure as a mystery until, at some point, the wreckage will be found and examined.

If I were comparing MH370 and Germanwings 9525, I could write a whole piece examining the conflict of government transparency vs. individual confidentiality, but that was not my intent today. I was just thinking of aviation safety, and how 9/11 became the catalyst for upgraded multifaceted flight deck security. One outcome of 9/11 is the impregnable, indestructible cockpit door, the brain child of countless engineering hours, security and scientific research. Passengers since 9/11 have flown safe in the knowledge that no intruder could again gain entry to the cockpit and overpower the pilot thanks to redundant enhanced security precautions and a door designed to keep the dangerous people out. Now there’s a cockpit voice recording that appears to show that same safe cockpit door is the barrier that kept the PIC from being able to save everyone aboard. Captain Patrick Sondenheimer died trying to get that door open.

The impregnable cockpit door, the terrible irony of Germanwings Flight 9525.

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Airbus Video on Secure Cockpit door

Security measures were taken by aviation designers after 911 to ensure a safe cockpit door in the A320,resulting in a door designed to stop intruders and protect the pilot within.

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, flight crews no longer have keys to open the cockpit door. The door remains locked during flight. When entry is requested on the outside keypad, a buzzer goes off. The pilot can toggle the switch and unlock the door.

The CVR now seems to indicate that copilot Andreas Lubitz locked out the Pilot In Command, Captain Patrick Sondenheimer. There is audio record of him attempting to get through the invincible door.

Read more about Germanwings Flight 9525

Germanwings A320-200 Airbus Crashes in France

A Germanwings flight 4U-9525 Barcelona-Dusseldorf lost contact with ATC at 10:45. 144 passengers and 6 crew were lost—most likely German and Spanish passengers.The wreckage has been located between Prads-Haute-Bleone and Barcelonnette in France in a mountainous region.

Germanwings and Lufthansa operated the flight.

The area where the wreckage was spotted is difficult to access, but it is an area known for hiking and skiing.

Germanwings Latest Information on 4U-9525


Germanwings Announcement

We must confirm to our deepest regret that Germanwings flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has suffered an accident over the French Alps. The flight was being operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft, and was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members. Lufthansa and Germanwings have established a telephone hotline. The toll-free 0800 11 33 55 77 number is available to all the families of the passengers involved for care and assistance. Everyone at Germanwings and Lufthansa is deeply shocked and saddened by these events. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew members.

Accident to the Airbus A320-211 registered D-AIPX, flight GWI18G, on 24 March 2015


In accordance with the provisions of European Regulation 996/2010 the BEA has initiated a Safety Investigation after having been informed, at the end of the morning, that an Airbus A320-211 crashed near the commune of Prads-Haute-Bléone (Alpes de Haute-Provence, France).

The aeroplane, registered D-AIPX, operated by Germanwings, flight GWI18G, was flying the route from Barcelona (Spain) to Düsseldorf (Germany). According to information from the airline, there were 144 passengers and 6 crew members on board.

Seven investigators from the BEA, accompanied by technical advisers from Airbus and CFM International, are travelling to the accident site. They will be joined by a team of three investigators from the BFU (Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung) the BEA’s German counterpart.

A press conference will be organised at the BEA tomorrow, Wednesday 25 March, from 16h to 16h45. Journalists who wish to attend are asked to confirm their presence with Sonia Festou, sonia.festou@bea-fr.org

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Germanwings Airbus Diverts to Prague

While a Germanwings Airbus A319-112 was en route from Moscow to Stuttgart, the plane issued warnings. Pilots diverted to Prague-Vaclav Havel (Ruzyne) Airport in the Czech Republic.

Airport fire and rescue services responded to the scene according to the airport air crash consultant spokesperson

THere were 144 passengers and five crew aboard the Airbus A320. There were no injuries reported on landing.

A replacement plane was sent from Cologne.

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Germanwings Birdstrike

What: Germanwings Airbus A319-132
Where: Cologne Bonn German
When: Oct 26, 2012
Who: 128 aboard
Why: On takeoff from the airport, the flight suffered a bird strike in one engine.

Pilots shut down the affected engine, and diverted to the airport where they made a safe landing.

Passengers were provided an alternative flight.

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