French urge better health reporting rules after Germanwings crash

March 13, 2016 11:19 AM

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French investigators on Sunday urged new rules for medical confidentiality related to pilots. The recommendations came after it was revealed that a doctor referred Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to a psychiatric hospital two weeks before he deliberately crashed a jet into the French Alps last year, killing 150 people.

An investigation by BEA, France's civil aviation authority, found that Lubitz had been treated for depression in the past and saw many doctors about this mental health, but because of regulations over medical nondisclosure none of them informed authorities.

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