Lufthansa met its supervisory obligations when issuing a license to Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who crashed the Germanwings airplane in the south of France last month, the German Federal Aviation Office, LBA, said on Thursday.
Jörg Mendel, president of the aviation authority, and Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr met for several hours to discuss the issue before informing the media. The meeting followed an extensive investigation initiated by LBA directly after the crash.
“The fact that the LBA exonerated Lufthansa doesn’t really change the case. Everybody is expecting the insurance companies to pay,” a London-based insurance and finance expert told Handelsblatt Global Edition, requesting anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.
Germany’s independent aviation authority, based in Braunschweig, is responsible for developing and maintaining aviation safety standards, as well as certifying planes and supervising licensing of pilots, among other tasks.