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A commercial pilot stole plane, committed suicide wanted in connection with murder

Jueves, 19 de julio de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis Sin comentarios

A commercial pilot wanted in connection with the killing of his girlfriend in Colorado  Springs tried to steal a commercial airplane early Tuesday at the St. George Municipal Airport (Utah), then committed suicide, investigators said. The man who shot and killed himself inside a commandeered SkyWest airplane early Tuesday was 40-year- old Brian Joseph Hedglin, St. George spokesman Mark Mortensen confirmed.
 

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Mental diseases not easy to diagnose

Physicians can’t always identify a pilot’s depression or other mental disorder during an aeromedical exam.Official accident reports atribute just a handful of crashes to a pilot’s deliberate action, citing¬† a psychosomatic¬† disorder, a suicide or some unexplained motive. Here you can read several cases .This article highlights the need of improving pilot-physician relationship in order to detects such problems, as well as some comments about new antidepressant ¬†rules in certain countries.

 

** Difficult Diagnosis

     Linda Welferman / Aerosafety World   May-2012