[Avionics Today 03-27-2015] In light of the recent events of the fatal Germanwings flight 4U9525
, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a temporary recommendation for airlines to ensure that at least two crew members, including at least one qualified pilot, are in the flight crew compartment during all phases of flight. The agency is urging airlines to re-assess safety and security risks associated with members of the flight crew leaving the cockpit for operational or physiological needs.
The EASA issued temporary recommendations to improve flight operations safety following the Germanwings flight 9525 crash. Photo: Flickr: Creative Commons by Michael Frank Franz.
EASA's recommendation was issued following revelations from investigators on the Germanwings flight 4U9525 crash, which indicate that the co-pilot seemed to have deliberately crashed the airplane into the French Alps killing all 150 individuals onboard.
"While we are still mourning the victims, all our efforts focus on improving the safety and security of passengers and crews," said Patrick Ky, executive director at EASA.