The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), representing more than 100,000 pilots around the world, has condemned French prosecutors investigating the Germanwings crash for leaking elements of the cockpit voice recorder.
“Leaking premature, unanalyzed, and partial CVR recordings, which lack the context of the entire body of factual investigative data, severely interferes with the investigative process, and can only lead to early conclusions on what exactly occurred during the time leading up to the accident. Any other use of CVR data is not only invalid, but is an unacceptable invasion of privacy best described as a search for sensationalism and voyeurism of the worst kind,” IALFA said in a statment.
The European Pilot Association (ECA) also condemned the leaks as a serious breach of principles of accident investigation.
In addition, the French union for national airline pilots (SNPL) has expressed shock that they were told at a press conference at 5 pm there was no information on the crash only to read oabout the cockpit voice recorder leak in the New York Times a few hours later, and, then, to hear at 12 pm the following day a confirmation of the report in the New York Times by the French prosecutor.
Cockpit, the German Pilots Association, has said that French prosecutors have been premature to conclude that the co-pilot of a Germanwings airliner locked himself alone in the cockpit and flew it deliberately into a mountain in the French Alps.
Cockpit said the analysis of the voice recorder did not supply enough evidence to support the view that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot, caused the crash in a suicide act. The flight data contained in a second black box still needs to be analyzed. The black box of the flight recorder was recovered but without the memory card.
“There are still many unanswered questions,” said Markus Wahl spokesperson from Cockpit.
“We shouldn t draw any premature conclusions on the basis of incomplete information. Only when all the data has been analysed will we be cable to understand the reasons for this tragic accident,” said Ilja Schulz, President of the Cockpit association.
„What is the basis for claiming, for example, that the descent was started intentionally?” asked Jörg Handwerg dem Handelsblatt (Online-Ausgabe). „In our opinion, other factors than an intentional descent are possible.”