外文标题：Suicides by pilots have killed 421 flyers since 1982
MUMBAI: Since 1982, aircraft-assisted suicides (US aviation jargon) by commercial airline pilots have killed 421 people. If final investigation report into the March 24 Germanwings crash confirms that the co-pilot had deliberately crashed the aircraft, the toll would go up to 571. In a study the US aviation regulator released last year, it revealed that there were eight such cases in the US between 2003 and 2012. The pilot was the sole occupant in seven of these cases. Four of the eight pilots tested positive for alcohol and two positive for antidepressants. Despite these shocking cases, flying is one of the safest modes of transport as the intentional crashing of an aircraft is an infrequent and uncommon event.
But could a Germanwings kind of crash have taken place in India? The answer, say aviation experts, is a yes, although it would not be as easy. Why? Post 9/11, reinforced cockpit doors were introduced in all passenger aircraft the world over. During flight, the cockpit door is kept locked at all times. It can be opened or shut only from inside the cockpit. In India, the norm is to have a minimum of two people in the cockpit at all times.
I don't know about airplane pilots... But, Indian railway engine drivers have never left their cabin even if they knew seconds before of sure death approaching.... They have always given their last minute best effort too.... !!! Hat's Off
MH 370 Malasian jet's disappearence is also no different story.
Vijay Bali (india)
A huge number of flyers killed by suicidal pilots needs some secure and safe methods to avoids this
Prashant Srivastava (Unknown)
A quick Psychiatric fitness test prior to flight should be made mandatory!
Pradeep Baliga (Unknown)
This calls for regular mental health check up, just like physical check up done routinely for the air crew.
Shoban Babu (Unknown)
this is horrible
Van Lko (lk)
these cowards who cant face real world
the burden of work should be decrease on pilot. there can be change in shift in every 8hr as in factories
ajay parsaik ()
Those who says Indian pilot wont commit suicides .. Please read some medical journals. Suicide rates are higest in India. Just that news pApers dont rwport them as it is not masala news
ajay parsaik ()
To save innocent lifes pilots should undergoes psychiatric and psychological evaluAtion once in 2 months to see they r not depressed, drig addict or mentally sick