Winging It: Antidepressants and Plane Crashes

Winging It: Antidepressants and Plane Crashes


David Healy, M.D.

The crash last week of the Germanwings plane has shocked many.  In view of the apparent mental health record of the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, questions have been asked about the screening policies of airlines.  The focus has generally been on the conditions pilots may have or the arguments they might be having with partners or other situational factors that might make them unstable.

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