In wake of Germanwings crash, study sheds light on pilots and depression

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New research finds hundreds of airline pilots worldwide are likely flying while depressed. A Harvard University study found some pilots even reported having suicidal thoughts.

The study was launched after the Germanwings crash last year in the French Alps. A co-pilot intentionally crashed his plane, killing himself and 149 others.

The study used a questionnaire commonly used to identify depression, and comes as both the FAA and its European counterpart are stepping up efforts to address mental health issues in the wake of the Germanwings crash. But researchers believe there’s more work to do, reports CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave.

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Sully Sullenberger
Sully Sullenberger
Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety for his entire adult life. While he is best known for serving as Captain during what has been dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sullenberger is an aviation safety expert and accident investigator, serves as a CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert, and is the founder and chief executive officer of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., a company dedicated to management, safety, performance, and reliability consulting.

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