16 Dec 2016

1 in 8 airline pilots depressed - study

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 16 December 2016

A new study has found thousands of airline passengers are being flown by depressed and suicidal pilots. Findings from an anonymous global survey of 1848 commercial airline pilots from more than 50 countries showed more than 12.6 per cent met the criteria for clinical depression, that's roughly double the New Zealand average. Of this group, 4.1 per cent - a total of 75 pilots - admitted having suicidal thoughts within the previous two weeks. Kathryn Ryan speaks to the author of the study, Dr Joseph Allen, from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Herwin Bongers - the Medical and Welfare Officer for the New Zealand Airline Pilots Association