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Safety experts: Alps crash dramatizes need for third pilot

Safety experts say Germanwings air crash points to possible need for third pilot in cockpit

Safety experts: Alps crash dramatizes need for third pilot

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some aviation safety experts say French prosecutors' assertion that the crash of a German airliner was a deliberate act points to the possible need for a third pilot in the cockpit.

James Hall, former chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, says no pilot should ever be alone in the cockpit. He notes that all airliners have a cockpit "jump seat" for a third pilot. Hall investigated the deliberate crash of an EgyptAir plane into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff in 1999. All 217 people on board died.

Ewan Wilson, a pilot and author of a book theorizing that the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370 last year was a deliberate act, said several murder-suicides crashes over the past 30 years were all committed by pilots alone in cockpits.


Updated : 2021-09-25 18:33 GMT+08:00