By Nicola Clark
March 13, 2016
LE BOURGET, France - French aviation officials on Sunday called for stricter international monitoring of the mental health of pilots and for guidelines that could require doctors to report pilots whose psychological condition might imperil public safety.
The recommendations were part of a report by French accident investigators into the deliberate crash last year of a Germanwings jetliner by its co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz. The inquiry found that doctors had prescribed Mr. Lubitz powerful antidepressants and sleeping pills in the month leading up to the disaster and that at least one had urged that he be hospitalized for a possible psychotic disorder.