The first public hearings over the 2015 Germanwings crash, in which a co-pilot is believed to have intentionally downed the plane, killing all 150 onboard, began in Essen on Wednesday.
Eight claimants filed the lawsuit on behalf of relatives against Lufthansa Group, Germanwings' parent company, as well as Lufthansa Aviation Training USA Inc., a flight school in the US.
«In our view the... Еще physicians of Lufthansa are referable to Lufthansa and not to the Federal Agency of Aviation. Even when the Federal Agency of Aviation certifies their professionalism, which they should have as with many other doctors, that doesn't mean they were working for the Agency. So we have to talk about who has to take responsibility, and for us that falls in the scope of Lufthansa,» said Elmar Giemulla, a lawyer representing the victims' relatives.
The German state has also been suggested as a liable party for failing to check mental health of the co-pilot.
The Airbus A320 flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed into a mountain with 144 passengers and six crew members on board on March 24, 2015.