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The New York Post: Pilots are keeping mental illness a secret to keep their wings: study

Reuters

Thousands of commercial pilots worldwide are likely clinically depressed — some even suicidal — but don’t seek treatment for fear of being grounded and losing their wings, according to a new study.

The Harvard study was conducted in the wake of the 2015 Germanwings tragedy in the French Alps, in which a mentally ill co-pilot deliberately crashed his plane, killing himself and 149 others.

Researchers found that 426 of 3,278 pilots surveyed last year — about 13% — were likely suffering from depression.

Seventy-five pilots reported having suicidal or self-destructive thoughts within two weeks of taking the survey, according to the study, published Wednesday in Environmental Health.

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