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How pilots operate the cockpit door on a commercial jet

One of the two pilots of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps was locked out of the cockpit, according to reports.

Early findings from the cockpit voice recorder suggest the pilot made desperate efforts to get back in, sources close to the investigation say.

Transport correspondent Richard Westcott explains the procedures around pilots entering and leaving the cockpit of a commercial jet.

  • 26 Mar 2015
  • From the section Europe
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