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Don’t stigmatise depression over Alps crash, says top doctor

Apr 2nd, 2015 by

President of Royal College of Psychiatrists urges caution over calls for people suffering from depression to be prevented from working as pilots

Britain’s most senior psychiatrist has warned airline authorities to avoid a kneejerk reaction to the crash of the Germanwings flight, insisting that depression should not lead to a lifetime ban for commercial airline pilots.

The intervention came as it was reported that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot believed to have deliberately guided Flight 4U9525 into the Alps, killing all 150 on board including three Britons, had secretly sought treatment for vision problems that may have been linked to his history of mental illness.

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