Officials mull manslaughter charges following Germanwings crash

Officials mull manslaughter charges following Germanwings crash

Officials in France have announced they will open a preliminary investigation into possible manslaughter charges following the crash of a Germanwings plane.

All 150 people on board, mostly from Spain and Germany, died in the crash in March.

A preliminary investigation found co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the Airbus A320 in the French Alps.

French prosecutors revealed charges were being considered over the case, but did not stipulate exactly who any possible charges would target.

Lufthansa, owner of Germanwings, said Lubitz had passed all required medical tests needed to fly.

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The German airline has, however, acknowledged that it knew the co-pilot had suffered from severe depression.

On Wednesday coffins of 16 German schoolchildren and two teachers killed in the crash arrived in the town of Haltern.

The victims’ remains were the first to be repatriated following delays over errors on the death certificates.