Extra safety after 9/11 kept doomed plane's cockpit locked - co-pilot's parents in shock

The tragic irony from Germanwings crash in the French Alps this week, assuming that the scenario of the co-pilot's reckless suicide proves the most prevalent, is the fact that the impassable cockpit door was a result of safety measures instituted after 9/11.

Police Searches House of Germanwings Co-Pilot

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.

Lufthansa press conference

"We are really deeply shocked and I wouldn't not have been able to imagine that the situation would have got even worse" said the Chief executive of Lufthansa, parent company of Germanwings Carsten Spohr, at the company's press conference.
Highlights of the conference:

German co-pilot "intentionally crashed aircraft"

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.

Germanwings crash: Cockpit pilot most likely committed suicide

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.