Brits killed by ‘psychotic’ pilot who flew plane into mountain with 150 on board

Two British men killed when a suicidal pilot deliberately flew his airliner into a mountain have had their deaths formally ruled as “unlawful” more than six years since the horror crash.

Paul Bramley, 28, from Hull, and Martyn Matthews, 50, from Wolverhampton, were two of three Brits on board Germanwings Flight 9525 when it crashed into the Alps in March 2015, killing all 159 people on board.

The other was seven-month-old Julian Pracz-Bandres, from Manchester.

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 27, deliberately locked himself in the cockpit when the captain briefly popped back to the cabin.

While air traffic control were desperately radioing Lubitz, the captain and crew were trying to smash their way back into the cockpit but were unable to do so, with terrified passengers powerless to do anything as the plane descended 31,000 feet into the mountain.

It later emerged that Lubitz had suffered a psychotic episode in the days leading up to the flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

The joint inquest into the deaths of Paul and father-of-two Martyn were finally concluded on Monday in a joint inquest, reports Hull Live.

The delay in concluding the inquests was due to the protracted investigation and civil action by some of the victims’ families.

Investigations have revealed that doctors had advised Lubitz to seek urgent treatment for his mental state.

Lubitz failed to do so because he feared his failing eyesight would be revealed, and doctors were not allowed to alert authorities about him because of Germany’s strict privacy laws.

A single phone call from a doctor to Germanwings would have grounded Lubitz. Instead, he was allowed to fly and carry out his horrific mission to kill himself by plane suicide.

An interim report had already revealed Lubitz practised the fatal descent on an outbound Dusseldorf-Barcelona journey on the day of the massacre.

The victims’ families received £60,000 compensation from the airline, and some families have been attempting to secure a further £25,000.

But German courts have now rejected that move on the basis that the medical supervision of pilots is down to the state, not individual airlines.

Shortly after his death, Paul’s parents Philip and Carol paid tribute to their son.

“Paul was kind, considerate, loving and never afraid to show affection to family and friends,” they said.

“His favourite part of school was playing football. He went on to play for North Ferriby Juniors and then Springhead.

“Paul loved the outdoor life and worked for a gardening and then building firm. Whoever he worked for always wanted him to stay, a true reflection of the man he was.”

He met his girlfriend, music student Anneli Tiirik, in a bar where she worked. Together they travelled to Norway, Denmark and worked in Australia for a year.

After concluding that the deaths of Paul and Martyn were unlawful killings, coroner Prof Paul Marks said. “I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere condolences to the families of Mr Bramley and Mr Matthews for their tragic loss in such horrific circumstances.”

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