Canada Requires Two In Cockpit
Transport Canada issued an emergency order on Thursday requiring all passenger carrying airliners to have two flight crew members in the cockpit at all times during flight.
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt issued the order in response to news that the co-pilot of a Germanwings A320 locked his captain out of the flight deck and then deliberately crashed the aircraft in the French Alps on Wednesday.
The airliner hit a mountain at more than 400 knots and was obliterated in the impact along with the 150 people on board. The co-pilot has been identified as 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz.
“In light of the reports this morning . . . I am issuing an order to require two members on the flight deck at all times on Canadian planes,” Raitt told reporters. “This order is seeking to fill a gap that is in the rules. Currently, there is not the requirement to have two members.”
On the vast majority of flights with only two pilots aboard, a flight attendant or another member of the flight crew can occupy the cockpit in place of a pilot who has to leave the flight deck.
Air Canada earlier announced it was establishing a similar policy.
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