Lowcost airlines easyJet, Air Transat and Norwegian Air Shuttle have announced a change in the rules for pilots during flights.
According to the rule amendments, there should always be two crew members in the cockpit. Whenever one of the pilots needs to leave, the main air hostess will substitute them.
Police searched the house of the Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz on Thursday, as it emerged that he intentionally initiated the descent of the plane, which crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday.
According to the local government in Dusseldorf, the most recent regular security check on Lubitz, which had been carried out on January 27, established nothing unusual.
German co-pilot "intentionally crashed aircraft"
PARIS -- The co-pilot of a Germanwings passenger plane that crashed in France earlier this week "intentionally brought the aircraft down," investigators have announced.
There are no indications that the incident, that killed 150 passengers and crew, was a terrorist act, they added on Thursday.
French aviation experts examining the black box and recordings from the Germanwings flight believe that the crash may have been a deliberate, suicidal choice by the pilot in the cockpit. The audio reports show that one of the pilots, the more experienced of the two, remained locked outside the cockpit.