Father of air crash victim from Hull shocked at pilot’s medical state

Rescuers with the wreckage of the Germanwings jet
Rescuers with the wreckage of the Germanwings jet
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THE FATHER of one of the Britons killed in the French Alps plane disaster has spoken of his shock over the medical state of the co-pilot believed to have caused the crash.

Paul Bramley, 28, was one of three Britons who died in the tragedy in March.

Last night, his father, Philip Bramley, was one of the bereaved relatives who were given an update by prosecutors in Paris of the investigation into the actions of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.

Among information given to the families was that Lubitz had seen 41 doctors in recent years but under German law none was able to alert his employers to his state of mind.

Mr Bramley said: “As a family we are still attempting to come to terms with losing Paul and we miss him every day. We do appreciate however the continued updates regarding investigations.”

Paul Bramley was originally from Hull. He was studying hospitality and hotel management at Cesar Ritz College in Lucerne in Switzerland and about to start an internship on April 1, shortly after the crash on March 24.

Evidence points to the fact that Lubitz deliberately crashed the plane after locking the captain out of the cockpit.

Law firm Irwin Mitchell, which represents some of the bereaved families, said today that the families were told in Paris today that: There could potentially be corporate manslaughter charges against Germanwings or its parents company Lufthansa; There was clear evidence that the crash was pre-meditated and that the co-pilot had altered altitude controls on the previous in-bound flight; Lubitz also had 10 days off sick in the month prior to the tragic flight, was on medication and should have been more regularly reviewed.

The issue of medical checks needed to be rectified as soon as possible to improve flight safety.

Clive Garner, head of aviation law at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Several months on from this tragedy, the families we represent are still trying to come to terms with the sudden and terrible loss of their loved ones in such incredibly difficult circumstances. This will, no doubt, be a long and painful journey for them.”