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  1. A screengrab taken from an AFP TV video on March 24, 2015 shows search and rescue personnel at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps above the southeastern town of Seyne.

    Germanwings 9525: A Modern Horror Story

    “We think something terrible has happened.” That was the message from a German high school principal to pupils last March 24 after Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz crashed an Airbus A320, killing 16 of their fellow students and 128 other passengers. Lawyers for victims’ families say a range of missteps led to Lubitz’s tragic breakdown: He’d been forgiven for lying to the FAA about his mental illness, and his private psychiatrist seemingly failed to report his depression relapse to the airline. Prosecutors are still investigating whether anyone apart from Lubitz might be legally responsible.

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