Vietnam to tighten two-person cockpit rule after Alps crash

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Vietnam will order strict supervision of pilots’ conditions and cockpit presence in the wake of
Tuesday's crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, an official said Friday.
Investigators believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus A320 on Tuesday and deliberately steered it into a mountain, killing all 150 people on board.
They also found sick notes showing Lubits was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy.
Lai Xuan Thanh, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, told local media Friday that it will instruct carriers to conduct regular security checks of their crews as well as check of pilots' profile and medical history to prevent similar air disasters.
He said all Vietnamese carriers require that any pilot leaving the flight deck be replaced by the chief flight attendant, so that two people remain in the cockpit at all times.
Vietnam’s national carrier Vietnam Airlines also said Friday its regulations stipulate that a pilot can't be in the cockpit alone
According to its Flight Operation Manual, when one of the pilots exits the cockpit for any reason, a flight attendant  must lock the door and remain on the flight deck until the pilot returns.

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