Airline Industry Battles With Pilot Mental Health Options After Germanwings

Pilot screening and mental health measures aimed at preventing a recurrence of the Germanwings crash are rife with complications that will make them tough to implement, airline industry executives said this week. Prosecutors have found evidence the co-pilot, who had suffered from severe depression, had researched suicide methods and concealed an illness from his employer, sparking a debate on pilot screening and the relationship between aero medical doctors and licensing authorities. "The psychological testing and mental state of pilots, it gets more difficult the more you get into it," Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr said during a panel session at the meeting in Miami.