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Germanwings Disaster Could Not Happen on Croatia Airlines, Says Minister

Croatia87Croatia’s Minister of Transport says that a repeat of this week’s Germanwings disaster, when a co-pilot alone in the cockpit crashed an Airbus A320 into the French Alps, could not happen on board Croatia’s national carrier Croatia Airlines…

Minister Siniša Hajdaš Dončić was discussing the crash, which claimed 149 lives, with the media on Friday, and stressed that Croatia Airlines was not a low-cost airline and was one of the safest airlines in Europe. Hajdaš Dončić says that a similar situation where a co-pilot was alone in the cockpit could not happen due to different rules the airline had.

“There are always a pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit,” responded the Minister when quizzed about the rules in the cockpit on the nation’s national carrier, reported daily Vecernji list.

An investigation into the Germanwings crash revealed that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared to intentionally crash the plane into the French mountainside this week after refusing to open the door to the pilot who earlier briefly left the cockpit.



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