After Alps crash, Turkish Airlines CEO wants pilots to wed

  • AP, Istanbul
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2015 21:00 IST

Turkish Airlines' CEO says that pilots may not be as prone to destructive behavior like that of the Germanwings pilot believed to have intentionally crashed a flight last month - if only they get married.

At an event Thursday, Temel Kotil told new Turkish Airlines pilots that the March 24 crash in the French Alps showed that piloting is critical.

"Our pilot friends, whether they are men or women, their lifestyles are very important," he said.

Prosecutors believe that the co-pilot of Flight 9525, Andreas Lubitz, intentionally crashed the Barcelona-Duesseldorf flight March 24 and are trying to determine why.

"The accident happened after the pilot's girlfriend left him. So my dear friends, take into account that we advise our single pilots to get married," he added with a smile.

Medical records show that before he received his pilot's license, Lubitz suffered from depression, with doctors recording "suicidal tendencies."

Prosecutors also found that in the week leading up to the crash Lubitz spent time online researching suicide methods and cockpit door security. The probe however never concluded that he went into a fit of depression after separating from his girlfriend.

All 150 people on board were killed when the plane smashed into the French Alps.

Kotil, whose airline is one the fastest growing carriers in the world, acknowledged that there should be more female pilots at Turkish Airlines. He said out of 86 new pilot graduates, only three are women and there were only 40 women pilots in the entire company out of 4,000 pilots.

"I invite all women who fit the requirements to become pilots," he added, setting an initial target of 10 percent of the fleet's pilot to be women.

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