France launches criminal investigation into Germanwings crash

Probe seeks to determine if co-pilot's mental state could have been detected by airline or others before the March 24 crash which claimed 150 lives.

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A French prosecutor on Thursday formally opened a criminal inquiry into the crash of a Germanwings jetliner, appointing a panel of judges to investigate whether the airline or any individuals should bear responsibility for failing to adequately monitor the psychological health of the plane’s co-pilot, reports The New York Times.