Alps tragedy was preventable with joined-up thinking

l Simple air safety measures could have saved the lives of 150 passengers and crew

15th April, 2015
Search and rescue workers collect debris at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps, above the town of Seyne-les-Alpes Picture: EPA

Today, spare a thought and a prayer for the families of the 150 passengers and crew who died in the Germanwings Airbus disaster last week in the Swiss Alps.

The immediate cause of this disaster seems to be intentional pilot conduct. On one level, notions of suicide and murder might be a more accurate description.

However, on a wider level, it is also a broader failure of joined-up thinking about air safety. The cold, hard truth...

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