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Q&A: How do you open a cockpit door from the outside?
Q&A: How do you open a cockpit door from the outside?

First, the man can be heard knocking on the cockpit door, to no response. Then, as the jet plunges lower toward the French Alps, he can be heard trying to break down the door, also without success. The cockpit door of the Germanwings Airbus A320 jet was doing exactly the job it was designed to do: stop intruders. But the man banging on the door wasn’t a hijacker or a terrorist. He was the pilot, who had stepped out of the cockpit and whose copilot, authorities say, was deliberately steering the jet into the mountains. Officials who revealed the scenario say the tragedy that took 150 lives was caused by one man, copilot Andreas Lubitz, 27. But in an industry dominated by...

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