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Commission asks the European Aviation Safety Agency to set up a task force after the Germanwings report

Date: 12/05/2015

Following the publication of the preliminary investigation report  on 6 May 2015 by the French Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority  on the Germanwings airliner accident, Commissioner Violeta Bulc has immediately asked the European Aviation Safety Agency  to set up a task force to look into the findings set out in the report. These areas include the cockpit door locking system and cockpit access and exit procedures, as well as the criteria and procedures applied to the medical monitoring of pilots. The first meeting already took place on 7 May 2015. The task force will gather senior safety and medical staff from the industry and from the regulators. It will use the results from the preliminary investigation report, and gather evidence, including from hearing experts. It will also look at further results coming out of the on-going safety investigation. The work of the task force will run in parallel to the independent safety investigation led by the French Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority.

Background

The main facts of the Germanwings crash have now been established by the French Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority. The preliminary investigation report has concluded that the crash was caused by an intentional act from the co-pilot to down the plane. The investigation report has also highlighted areas which should be looked at in depth in order to help prevent the recurrence of such a tragedy. Of course rules cannot prevent someone from committing a criminal act, but they can contribute to prevent future accidents or incidents. If improvements are to be made in the European safety and security rules or in the implementation, in order to help prevent future accidents or incidents, the Commission will take the necessary action at EU-level.

 
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