Germany passes law on tougher pilot screening
Germany’s lower legislative house has passed a set of measures to tighten up reporting of pilot medical assessments, spot checks on pilot for narcotics, medical database for easier reference for special aeromedical care and medical assessment of pilots owing to the german plane crash that occurred last year.
Pilot Andreas Lubitz of germanwings flew a crew and 150 passengers last year. It was reported that on the 24th of March, 2015, the pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit and purposely steered the jet into the French Alphs, this led to its crashing whick killed everyone on board.
Investigations showed that months before the incident, Lubitz had a history of mental illness, hid it from his boss and was taking anti-depressants and sleeping medication.
This law was passed a day after families of around 80 of those killed in the crash filed a suit against Lufthansa’s flight training school in the United States, alleging the school was negligent in its screening of Lubitz.