The technology for operating an aircraft from the ground is available. (Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) — The aviation industry should consider implementing systems to take control of aircraft from the ground in emergencies following the crash of a Germanwings aircraft that killed 150 last month, said German air-traffic-control agency DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH.

“We have drones already, so the technology for operating an aircraft from the ground is available,” Chief Executive Officer Klaus-Dieter Scheurle said at a press conference today. “It is still a long way off, something for the next decade. The technology is rather complex and it would need certification. The first step must be thoroughly evaluating the pros and cons.”

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