Icelandair And Wow Air Change Regulations After GermanWings Crash - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelandair And Wow Air Change Regulations After GermanWings Crash

Published March 28, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photo by
Maarten Visser

Both Icelandair and Wow Air have changed their cockpit policies after the tragic GermanWings crash in France earlier this week, reports Vísir.

The co-pilot on the GermanWings flight last Tuesday deliberately crashed the plane carrying 149 people, after locking out the pilot who had excused himself to visit the restroom.

“In light of the news of the crash in France, Icelandair has decided to edit their policy to ensure that there are never less than two people in the cockpit at any time,” said Guðjón Arngrímsson, Icelandair’s Communications Director. “So if one pilot needs to leave for any reason, a flight attendant will take their place in the cockpit.”

Wow Air Communications Director, Svanhvít Friðriksdóttir, told Vísir that although it is not an international requirement for there to be two people present in the cockpit at all times, “these tragic news have made us review our work processes and among other things lead to the implementation of this rule.”

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