Lufthansa could be charged with corporate manslaughter over the Airbus 320 disaster, it has been claimed.
German magazine Focus said the flagship airline had laid itself open to criminal proceedings because one of its own psychiatrists had apparently allowed suicidal Andreas Lubitz to return to the cockpit.
On March 24 Lubitz, 27, flying for Lufthansa-owned Germanwings, is thought to have deliberately crashed the Airbus in the French Alps. All 150 aboard died.
According to documents, a Lufthansa doctor wrote Lubitz should continue treatment after depression.
He had been classed fit to fly by an independent expert.
Lufthansa has declined to comment on the Focus report.
Yesterday it also emerged a recent survey of commercial pilots in Europe had revealed “abysmal” working conditions, with a risk of cockpit suicides.
There were claims many pilots were becoming “timebombs”.
Prof Peter Turnbull, who helped with the report, said: “All these pilots tell you they shouldn’t be flying.”
Andreas Lubitz: Lufthansa doctors ‘recommended killer pilot be treated for depression but deemed him fit to fly’