The deliberate crash of a Germanwings flight 9525 in southern France Thursday has prompted several international governments, airlines, and even pilots to adopt a U.S. regulatory requirement that no pilot remain unaccompanied in the cockpit for any length of time. Flight recorders recovered from the Germanwings crash site revealed that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 28, locked the pilot out of the cockpit for several minutes, during which time he re-programmed the Airbus A320-200 jet to descend from 38,000 feet to an altitude of 100 feet. At 10:53 a.m. local time, the plane slammed into a mountain in France’s Maritime Alps, killing ... Read More
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