Brazil authorities want two in cockpit after Alps crash

1st April 2015, Comments 0 comments

Brazilian aviation authorities called Tuesday for national airlines to require the presence of two crew members in the cockpit at all times, in the wake of the apparently deliberate Germanwings crash by a co-pilot.

The National Civil Aviation Agency recommended that at least one of the two authorized crew members be a pilot.

Several other airlines, including Germanwings owner Lufthansa, Emirates and EasyJet, and countries such as Australia, Canada and Mexico have adopted similar measures after the Germanwings crash that killed 150 people a week ago.

French officials say the Germanwings plane's black box voice recorder indicates that Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked the captain out of the cockpit and steered Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside.

They say that the more senior pilot tried desperately to reopen the door during the Barcelona to Duesseldorf flight's eight-minute descent after he left to use the toilet.

© 2015 AFP

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