Taiwan’s CAA revises cockpit rules following Germanwings crash

Want China Times
Date: 2015-03-31
By: CNA

Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) on Monday launched stricter cockpit safety

A China Airlines pilot in the cockpit of an A330-300 at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Hubei province in 2011. (File photo/Xinhua)

A China Airlines pilot in the cockpit of an A330-300 at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Hubei province in 2011. (File photo/Xinhua)

regulations to prevent tragedies like Germanwings flight 9525, whose co-pilot appeared to have crashed the jet into mountains on purpose, killing all 150 on board.

The CAA said Taiwanese airlines will now be required to have at least two crew members in the cockpit at all times, one of whom must be a pilot.

The new regulation was announced after the March 24 crash of Flight 9525 in the French Alps, which investigators said was a deliberate act by the co-pilot.

Investigators said co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit and put the plane into a gradual descent until it crashed into the side of a mountain, killing himself, the crew and all passengers.     [FULL  STORY]

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