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In the Wake of Germanwings Crash, U.S. Regulators Seek Changes in How Airlines Vet Employees for Mental Illness

In response to the intentional downing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by suicidal co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, the U.S. government is poised to conduct a comprehensive reassessment of pilot medical rules. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created a panel of both aviation industry and government experts to improve the way airlines vet employees for mental illness. Specifically, the panel will focus on how medical professionals should assess the psychological health of airline pilots.

How Concerned Should You be About Pilot Inexperience?

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary investigative report this week on an April 12 crash in Florida that left all five people aboard a Piper Cheyenne airplane dead. The report indicated that the plane's 51-year-old pilot, John Patrick Van Ommeren, had only completed one initial training course to fly the Piper Cheyenne just a week prior to the crash.

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