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Questions arise about airline safety after crash in French Alps

Stock photo of a Germanwings plane. (Source: AP/Martin Meissner) Stock photo of a Germanwings plane. (Source: AP/Martin Meissner)
KENT, OH (WOIO) - On Thursday, French prosecutors said the 28-year-old co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 "intentionally" crashed the jet into the side of a mountain Tuesday in the French Alps.

French officials believe he locked the cockpit door after his pilot left then crashed the plane.

That revelation has many wondering if the same thing could happen here?

In the United States, the FAA requires all major airlines to have an emergency procedure to enter the cockpit or flight deck in case the door is locked. 

"We will generally have two people inside the cockpit. It's going to be crew members so whether it's a pilot or a flight attendant or anyone else who is qualified with the airlines," said Ben Satyshur with Kent State University flight simulation lab.

As for mental stability, the FAA requires all major airline pilots to complete a mental health questionnaire at least once a year.

If red flags pop up the Feds will require further psychological testing. 

According to industry leaders, major airlines do not conduct additional mental health examinations. 

"I think every Pilot whenever there is any incident or an accident we tend to think how did it happen or why did it happen and for the purposes of our flying how can we prevent it from happening again," said Sayshur.

If a pilot tries to hide a mental or physical issue from the Feds, they could face a $250,000 fine.

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