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originally posted by: oddnutz
what would be the odds of one pilot quietly succumbing or being incapacitated due to a medical problem while the other pilot is outside of the cockpit?
originally posted by: whatnext21
Wow this really puts a whole new spin on this one. I had a suspicion that this would turn out to be more sinister than many would suspect. The way it never lost speed but did lose altitude and did not respond to calls from control. The world of flying just got a whole lot scarier.
If this is a health issue which some will allude to then I hope we hear the entire medical history of these pilots soon
When one of the pilots leaves the cockpit to use the lav, a FA will go into the cockpit to lock and unlock the door because the remaining pilot is not allowed to leave their seat for any reason. Most cockpit doors are to far away from the pilot’s seat and cannot be opened or locked while they are seated.
Before the pilot who left the cockpit can re-enter the cockpit, I have seen them call the cockpit on the intercom to confirm possibly using a secret codeword that they are returning to the cockpit and have the FA open the door.