Invoking commonsense and practicality, the US air safety regulator the FAA has rejected proposals to redesign cockpits to thwart suicide by pilots and electronic hijacking.
Commentary The only good thing that stands out in the interim accident report into the Germanwings crash is that the French investigators do not name the miserable wretch who slaughtered the 149 people onboard the A320 he flew at high speed into the base of a mountain in southern France on 24 March.
Nothing more has been heard for some days of the mobile phone chip claimed to have been recovered from the Germanwings crash site, showing the chaotic last few seconds of the flight that ended in disaster in the southern French alps on 24 March.
If there is one thing that stands out apart from the utter horror of the Germanwings crash, it is the speed with which the blame was placed on a pilot.
Safety authorities in Australia will monitor its adoption of the two-persons-in-cockpits-at-all-times rule which was announced today for future unintended consequences.
Australia has also mandated a minimum of two approved people, at least one of them a pilot, to be in the cockpits of its international and domestic airliners at all times, and with immediate effect.
The original main reason for some airlines adopting a two-people-in-a-cockpit-at-all-times rule wasn’t as much about terrorist threats but medical emergencies.
The switch to US style cockpit management rules has now come to the Qantas Jetconnect subsidary based in Auckland after New Zealand mandated those changes today following the murder of 149 passengers on a Germanwings flight by one of its pilots this week.
In the shocked aftermath of the Germanwings disaster European airlines are reported to be rapidly adopting the US rule which prevents any pilot being left alone in a cockpit Australia’s airlines are likely to adopt the same change in cockpit management soon, or have it imposed on them by regulation at home or more likely […]
The public prosecutor in Marseilles has confirmed that the young and comparatively inexperienced co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 that crashed in the southern French alps on Tuesday took control of the jet after the captain left the cockpit and then flew it into a mountain