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The mental health of airline pilots needs to be better monitored and the financial impacts of losing a pilot's licence for medical reasons should be mitigated to help prevent a repeat of last year's tragic Germanwings crash, say French aviation investigators. All 150 passengers and crew on Germanwings flight 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf died in March last year when first officer Andreas Lubitz intentionally flew the A320 into the French Alps after locking the captain out of the flight deck.

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U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) late last week jointly introduced a bill that would extend the FAA’s authorization through July 15 and the excise taxes through March 31, 2017. The extension, the second such stop-gap measure, has been widely expected as Congress faces a March 31 deadline to act on FAA authorization.

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The lawyer representing families of Malaysia Airlines crash victims has said the downing of MH17 is a "war crime" and laid the blame with Russia. Chicago-based aviation lawyer Floyd Wisner filed a lawsuit last Wednesday on behalf of the families of 17 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 against Igor Girkin, Russian colonel of the Federal Security Service, who played a key role as an organizer for the Donetsk People's Republic.

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A Ukrainian rebel leader who allegedly ordered his followers to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines plane with a missile in 2014 is now the only defendant in an $800 million lawsuit filed by some crash victims’ families. The plaintiffs dropped their claims against the airline Feb. 12, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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