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Pilot Murder-Suicide Prevention Targeted by U.S. Effort

  • Mental health emphasis after 2015 Germanwings suicide flight
  • Voluntary measures are encouraged, not widespread screening
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U.S. regulators have increased training for the doctors who screen airline pilots so they can better spot mental health issues in the wake of last year’s suicide that killed 150 people on a Germanwings flight deliberately crashed in the French Alps.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also requiring airlines and pilot unions to expand programs that encourage employees to come forward to report mental illnesses and allow them to receive treatment, agency Administrator Michael Huerta said at a briefing in Washington on Thursday.