Pilot's actions may add to Germanwings' liability in mountain crash: lawyers

March 26, 2015 11:25 PM

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Pilot's actions may add to Germanwings' liability in mountain crash: lawyers

NEW YORK/BERLIN (Reuters) - Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings could face liabilities well above the typical ceiling in airline crashes for the passengers who died on Tuesday when one of its jets was flown into an Alpine mountain, some aviation lawyers said.

A lot will depend on whether the airline can defend itself against negligence claims given that prosecutors said on Thursday that a young German co-pilot locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Airbus A320 and set it on course to crash, killing all 144 passengers and six crew members.

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