JetBlue Pilot’s Breakdown Puts the Focus on Medical Exams

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Breaking News

JetBlue Pilot’s Breakdown Puts the Focus on Medical Exams

After a JetBlue pilot came unglued at 35,000 feet, some aviation experts argue the system for detecting psychological problems in pilots is shoddy.  According to The Wall Street Journal, airline pilots are subjected to a battery of physical tests every six months, but doctors rarely question their mental state.  Furthermore, many pilots would probably be hesitant to tell the truth for fear of jeopardizing their career.

John Gadzinski, a captain for a major airline and aviation consultant, said, “It is very clear to every pilot that moment you say yes, you’ve had an issue, they’re going to deny your license.”  There appears to be little interest in beefing up mental examinations because breakdowns in the cockpit are extremely rare.  Out of the tens of thousands of people employed by the airlines, only a few have lost it.

On Tuesday afternoon, a JetBlue pilot started screaming about a bomb on board, claiming, “They’re gonna take us down!” A co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cockpit, and made an emergency landing in Amarillo.  The passengers wrestled the disturbed pilot to the ground in the cabin.  He was carried off the plane and taken to the hospital.

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Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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