Turkish Airlines CEO suggests pilots wed to avoid Germanwings-like crashes

Turkish CEO "absolutely encourages" marriage amongst pilots to prevent depression, impulsive acts mid-flight similar to the plane-crash suicide induced by a Germanwings' pilot last month.

April 18, 2015 09:11
Turkish Airlines

A Turkish Airlines plane in Istanbul. . (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkey's national airline, suggested that pilots marry to deter depression and prevent future plane-crash suicides similar to that of Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz's, the Turkish Hurriyet Daily reported Thursday.

Kotil addressed the importance of pilots private "lifestyles" when speaking to recent graduates of Turkish Airline's pilot course.

"My friends, know that we are absolutely encouraging single pilots to marry," the Hurriyet Daily reported him saying post-addressing the Lubitz incident spurred, perhaps, by the pilot's recent break-up.

Lubitz, 28, who reportedly suffered from depression and hid his condition from employers, gained sole control of the Germanwings aircraft he was co-piloting in March, sending it into fatal descent after locking his pilot out of the cockpit.

French prosecutors said Lubitz had the intention of destroying the aircraft, a suicide mission that brought upon the tragic, premature death of 150 passengers and crew members.

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