“FAA: No Psychological Testing Needed of Airline Pilots”


The Federal Aviation Administration has ruled out requiring psychological testing for airline pilots in favor of enhanced mental health support programs in response to a crash last year in which a German pilot deliberately flew an airliner full of passengers into a mountainside, ABC News reports. The pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who flew a plane into the French mountainside last year, had seen 41 different doctors in the five years before the crash for psychological issues. According to reports, he complained that the antidepressant Mirtazepine made him “restless” and was causing him to “panic.”

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