Pilot medical database to be set up in Europe

Aim to stop tragedy like Germanwings crash happening again
A Europe-wide medical database for pilots will be up and running by December 2016, in an effort to stop a tragedy like the Germanwings crash on March 24 from happening again.
The European Aviation Safety Agency said it was acting on the recommendations of a task force, which in July called for better psychological screening of new pilots and a database of information about medical visits.
Andreas Lubitz, a young pilot who locked himself in the cockpit of a Germanwings plane and crashed it, killing all 150 people on board, had suffered from depression, feared losing his job and had researched suicide methods.
The database is intended to make the sharing of medical information easier while respecting pilots’ privacy. But an obstacle could be the varied ideas about data protection in each European Union country.


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