After a Germanwings co-pilot deliberately flew an Airbus A320-211 into the French Alps in March 2015, investigators found out that 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz had been struggling with depression. In fact, Lubitz had been treated for suicidal tendencies and had been declared "unfit to work" by a doctor. The catastrophe was a wake-up call for the industry, and in its wake came a mental health survey of commercial airline pilots around the world. Of the 1,848 pilots who responded to the anonymous survey in 2015, 12.6 percent met the threshold for depression, and 4.1 percent reported having suicidal thoughts during the two weeks before taking the survey. If the results are accurate, the incidence of depression among pilots would be nearly double the national U.S. rate of about 7 percent.
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