In Germanwings aftermath, Europe eyes risk from those inside the cockpit

Unlike the US, Europe does not have rules prohibiting pilots being left alone inside the cockpit of airliners. But that is starting to change.

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In the aftermath of tragedy, there is no more powerful sentiment than “if only.” And the case of the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash – a tragedy in which investigators say the co-pilot locked himself in the cockpit and intentionally slammed the plane into the French Alps – has brought an outpouring of such retrospection across Europe.