Safety Board Likely to Investigate Airline After Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit reports Leeds Locksmith 24/7
Co-Pilot had been asleep at the helm while pilot used lavatory
The incident took place in September. The craft had been en route from Greece to the Netherlands, and a Dutch safety investigation agency is now conducting a full investigation to how the occurrence could have transpired. The 737 landed safely in Amsterdam as scheduled according to the airline.
According to the Dutch Safety Board report that was released on Wednesday, the pilot had stepped out of the cockpit to use the lavatory nearly two hours into the flight. When he returned, the pilot used an intercom to ask his officer to open the door. There was no answer, according to the report. Eventually the pilot alerted the crew and was able to open the door himself
"It's a serious incident," said Wim van der Weegen of the Dutch Safety Board, "What makes it serious is the combination of the pilot being unable to access the cockpit and the first officer being asleep.
"By 'serious incident,' I mean the flight was in danger," he said.
The safety board will now decide whether or not to open its inquiry to the airline's after the airline investigation is finished, van der Weegen stated.
The laws regarding pilot breaks during flights does vary from country to country. For the United States, sleeping during while at controls is a FAA regulation violation. Flights longer than eight-hours require a relief pilot on board to take over while another pilot sleeps.
The U.S. Airlines require attendants to be in the cockpit while a pilot is in a bathroom break, for the purpose of if a person flying the aircraft somehow becomes incapacitated.
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