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A handout picture made available by the Gendarmerie Nationale on March 25, 2015, shows debris from the Germanwings Airbus A320 airplane that crashed in the French Alps on March 24, 2015, killing all 144 passengers and six crew members on board. [Photo by Fabrice Balsamo/Gendarmerie Nationale via New York Times]

Germanwings pilot was locked out of cockpit before crash (w/video)

PARIS — As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane's descent and was unable to get back in, according to the New York Times. The ne …

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  1. U.S. aviation rules aim to prevent 'lone pilot' scenario

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — Aviation security experts said Thursday that U.S. airlines follow strict security procedures to ensure that no one is ever left alone in the cockpit as was the case with a Germanwings pilot now suspected of deliberately crashing an Airbus 320 in the French Alps.

  2. Scott Kelly, Mikhail Kornienko ready for a year in space (w/video)

    Space

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — The Russian astronaut heading off for a year in space says he'll miss the natural landscapes on Earth. His American counterpart jokes he won't miss his twin brother.

    U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, left, and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Korniyenko, right, are crew members of the mission to the International Space Station that launches Friday afternoon (Saturday at the launch site). [Associated Press]
  3. The latest: Lufthansa, Air Berlin to introduce 2-pilot rule in wake of crash

    World

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Time stamps in bold are Eastern Daylight Time; other times given are local at the crash scene, which is five hours ahead of Florida.

  4. Alone at controls, Germanwings co-pilot sought to 'destroy' the plane

    World

    PARIS — The co-pilot of Germanwings flight 9525 deliberately crashed the aircraft, French officials said Thursday, pointing to voice recorder evidence that he had locked the captain out of the cockpit, ignored his pleas for re-entry and steered down into the French Alps as passengers were heard screaming.

    An image taken from Facebook shows Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in San Francisco Calif. Lubitz the co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and "intentionally" rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps on Tuesday, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday March 26, 2015.  In a split second, he killed all 150 people aboard the plane. [Associated Press]
  5. U.S. House passes bill changing Medicare fee formula, extending children's insurance

    National

    The House overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Medicare system Thursday, in the most significant bipartisan policy legislation to pass through that chamber since the Republicans regained a majority in 2011.