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Airlines boss encourages pilots to wed to avoid tragedies

Turkish Airlines CEO has suggested ‘marriage’ to stave off depression and help pilots like Germanwings’ Andreas Lubitz from committing suicide

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Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil has suggested “marriage” as his new recipe to stave off depression and help pilots like Germanwings’ Andreas Lubitz from committing suicide and harming others.

“That crash happened after the pilot, who caused the accident, broke up with his girlfriend. Hence, my friends, know that we are absolutely encouraging single pilots to marry,” Hurriyet Daily News quoted him as saying.

Lubitz, who reportedly suffered from depression, locked his captain out of the cockpit and deliberately steered the Airbus A320 into the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 passengers and crew on board.

Kotil stressed over the importance of pilots’ “lifestyles.”

Kotil also complained that there was only a small number of female pilots in Turkish Airlines.

“We currently only have 40 female pilots in our fleet. If half of our 4,000 pilots were female, there would be 2,000 women … At least 10 percent of our pilots should be female, meaning 400 in total,” he said, inviting “all women who meet the criteria to become pilots.”

He added that only three women were among the 86 recently graduated pilots.