Airline industry battles with pilot mental health options after Germanwings




 
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June 10th, 2015  
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Topic: Airline industry battles with pilot mental health options after Germanwings


By Victoria Bryan MIAMI (Reuters) - Pilot screening and mental health measures aimed at preventing a recurrence of the Germanwings crash are rife with complications that will make them tough to implement, airline industry executives said this week. International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Tony Tyler called the crash, in which the co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit and steered the plane into the French Alps, a "deliberate and horrible act by one of our own." Prosecutors have found evidence the co-pilot, who had suffered from severe depression, had researched suicide methods and concealed an illness from his employer, sparking a debate on pilot screening and the relationship between aero medical doctors and licensing authorities.




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