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The cockpit of an Airbus A 330-200 jet in Budapest, Hungary. The International Civil Aviation Commission, the U.N. agency that sets global aviation safety standards, is preparing to make a “big push” for cockpit cameras later this year. (AP Photo/MTI, Zoltan Balogh)

(Bloomberg View) — Thanks to cockpit data recorders, investigators know the precise time Andreas Lubitz sent Germanwings Flight 9525 into a mountainside and the maneuvers he used to do so. But when it comes to evaluating Lubitz’s psychology as the plane crashed, investigators have had little more to work from than a cockpit voice recording that, according to French prosecutors, revealed he was breathing steadily during the plane’s descent. Images that more clearly portray Lubitz’s state of mind — and offer more insight into how such tragedies can be prevented in the future — aren’t available. That’s because cockpit video cameras have never been required by any airline regulator.

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