After Alps crash, Turkish Air CEO urges pilots to marry

AP News
Posted: Apr 17, 2015 1:20 PM

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish Airlines' CEO has one possible solution to avoid another case like last month's Germanwings crash: have pilots get married.

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had suffered from depression before he deliberately flew the Airbus A320 into a French mountainside on March 24.

At an event Thursday, Temel Kotil told new Turkish Airlines pilots that the incident showed how critical their roles are.

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

Kotil cited media reports claiming Lubitz may have been set off by a falling-out with his girlfriend. "Therefore, I am guiding those who are single toward marriage from this podium," he said, with a smile.