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Authorities say cockpit door could only be blocked manually

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A French prosecutor says only a deliberate action by the co-pilot of a doomed Germanwings plane could have kept the pilot from regaining access. A French prosecutor says only a deliberate action by the co-pilot of a doomed Germanwings plane could have kept the pilot from regaining access.
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) - A French prosecutor says only a deliberate action by the co-pilot of a doomed Germanwings plane could have kept the pilot from regaining access.

The co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, is now believed to have deliberately flown the plane into a mountain, after locking the pilot out. The pilot had left, presumably to go to the lavatory. The crash killed all 150 people on board.

The Airbus A320 is designed with safeguards to allow emergency entry if a pilot inside is unresponsive. But the override code that is known to the crew does not go into effect - and indeed goes into a lockdown - if the person inside the cockpit specifically denies entry. That's according to an Airbus training video and a pilot who has six years of experience with the jets.

In the United States, in the aftermath of 9/11, airlines are required to have two people in the cockpit at all times. If a pilot or co-pilot leaves, another crew member enters the cockpit until that person returns.

But airlines in Europe don't have the same requirement.

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