India has rules to prevent Germanwings-like crash

germanwingsNEW DELHI/MUMBAI: An incident like the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps is unlikely to happen to Indian airlines. Local rules make it compulsory for carriers to have at least two crew members in the cockpit at all times during a flight.

If one of the pilots steps out, a cabin crew member must step in. That would avoid a situation like what happened, according to preliminary investigations, to the German airline’s flight to Dusseldorf from Barcelona: the co-pilot locking out his colleague and deliberately slamming the Airbus 320 to an alpine ridge at about 650 km an hour, killing all 150 on board.

Airlines in the US need to follow a similar rule. But it is not compulsory yet in Europe. On Friday, Germanwings’ parent Lufthansa said it will introduce new rules requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times. Several other airlines have also announced such steps.

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German Airbus crashes in French Alps with 150 dead, black box found

German Wings(Reuters) – An Airbus operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline crashed into a mountainside in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren.

Germanwings confirmed its flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf went down with 144 passengers and six crew on board.

One of the plane’s black box recorders has been found at the crash site, about 100 km (65 miles) north of the Riviera city of Nice, and will be examined immediately, France’s interior minister said.

In Washington, the White House said the crash did not appear to have been caused by a terrorist attack, while Lufthansa said it was working on the assumption that the tragedy had been an accident, adding that any other theory would be speculation.

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