Bundestag adopts stricter control for pilots

Air traffic law changed after Germanwings accident

Roughly a year after the Germanwings plane crash the Bundestag (parliament) has decided to adopt stricter control for pilots. The changing of the air traffic law will see among other things that pilots are checked more regularly for alcohol and drugs.

Roughly a year after the Germanwings plane crash the Bundestag (German parliament) has decided to adopt stricter control for pilots. The law that was changed on Thursday will ensure that airlines will increase their inspections of pilots for alcohol, drugs and medication. In addition, there will be controls on a random basis before the start of work. Details will have to be worked out in collective agreements or company-wide agreements.

The revamping of the law will also see the creation of a databank for aeronautical medicine in which the certificates of fitness/medical certificates of all pilots will be stored. Access to this databank will only be allowed for medical experts of the federal office for aviation and they will be subjected to their oath of confidentiality as doctors. If there are concerns about the abilities of pilots then the medical experts will have to alert the relevant authorities.

On the 24th of March 2015 a Germanwings-Airbus flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf crashed into the southern French Alps. The German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who suffered from depression for several years, caused the plane to crash intentionally. All 150 passengers who were on board died as a result of the crash.

© 2016 AFP


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