Last updated: 07:00 AM ET, Fri April 15 2016

German Lawmakers Toughen Drug Regulations for Pilots

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | April 15, 2016

German Lawmakers Toughen Drug Regulations for Pilots

In response to the Germanwings plane crash in March 2015, German parliament has upgraded its rules and regulations regarding alcohol and drug use by pilots.

According to The Associated Press, German media outlets reported Thursday that the new law requires airlines to test pilots at the start of their shifts to determine if there is any indication that they may be under the influence of medication, alcohol or other psychoactive substances.

The new law also emphasizes more random drug and alcohol tests.

Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in March 2015, killing all 150 people onboard, when co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked himself in the cockpit and steered the aircraft into the French Alps on purpose.

In addition to the new laws in Germany, the families of the victims killed in the Germanwings crash have now filed a lawsuit against the flight school in the United States where Lubitz was trained, according to The Associated Press.

The families accuse the flight school of failing to properly screen Lubitz’s medical background.


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