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EU probe on air tragedy urges psychiatric screening for pilots

Victoria Bryan

Published 18/07/2015 | 02:30

European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc ordered a review of psychiatric screening of pilots after the Germanwings disaster
European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc ordered a review of psychiatric screening of pilots after the Germanwings disaster

A task force set up after the Germanwings disaster has recommended improved psychological screening for new pilots to reduce the risks of a similar tragedy.

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The panel of experts, led by Europe's aviation safety regulator, also called for the introduction of random drugs and alcohol testing of pilots and better oversight of the doctors responsible for their regular medical checks.

European Union Transport Commissioner, Violeta Bulc, ordered the review after young co-pilot Andreas Lubitz barricaded himself inside the cockpit and crashed a Germanwings jetliner into the Alps in March, killing all 150 people on board.

Prosecutors have found evidence that the co-pilot, who had suffered severe depression and may have feared losing his job, had researched suicide methods and concealed an illness from his employer.

Irish Independent

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