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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 07:45
KLM not yet changing cockpit rules after Germanwings crash
For the time being KLM has decided not to change the cockpit rules that state that a pilot has to close the door behind him when leaving the cockpit. The airline will await the full results of the investigation into the Germanwings accident before considering changing the rules. After the September 11th attacks in America, air transport authorities introduced standard procedures for opening and closing cockpit doors that apply for all airlines. These procedures state that a pilot is to close the door when he leaves the cockpit. The pilot remaining in the cockpit then opens the door when his colleague returns. If the pilot in the cockpit is unable to do so, there is an emergency procedure the pilots can use to regain entry. According to the airline's website, KLM pilots are recruited based on "rigorous selection criteria" and trained according to international standards, which includes mental and physical screening. They also receive regular inspections and recurrent training to ensure maximum flight safety. According to RTL, the French authorities have concluded on the basis of sound recordings that Germanwings copilot Andreas Lubitz (27) deliberately locked the captain out of the cockpit, in order to cause the accident.