Kreindler & Kreindler, along with co-counsel from law firms in Germany, Holland and the United Kingdom, filed a lawsuit in Arizona federal court this morning against Airline Training Center Arizona, Inc. ("ATCA"). The suit was filed on behalf of 80 families, from Germany and other countries, of victims of the March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 pilot-suicide disaster in the French Alps that took 150 lives. The defendant in the case is Airline Training Center Arizona, Inc. ("ATCA"), a company of the Lufthansa global airline organization.
The lawsuit alleges that ATCA was one of the most important gateways or checkpoints in Lubitz's desire to become a Lufthansa commercial pilot. ATCA was not just negligent, but also careless, and even reckless, in failing to apply its own well-advertised "stringent" standards to discover the history of Lubitz's severe mental illness that should have kept Lubitz from admission to ATCA's flight school.
Lubitz's particular history of depression and mental instability made him a suicide time bomb, triggered to go off under the ordinary stresses of life, particularly the kind of stresses a commercial pilot routinely faces. That said, the fuse which culminated in Lubitz's suicide on March 24, 2015, that took the lives of 144 passengers and his fellow crewmates was lit when ATCA negligently allowed him to begin commercial pilot training.
The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
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