Turkish Airlines CEO urges pilots to tie the knot

Published April 19th, 2015 - 12:10 GMT

Turkish Airlines (THY) CEO Temel Kotil has recommended single pilots who have recently completed training with the airline get married as soon as possible, as he recalled the case of a co-pilot who is suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane into the French Alps last month.

Kotil addressed 86 newly trained pilots at a THY pilot training center in İstanbul on Thursday. Stating that last month's plane crash in France “taught” that an airline pilot's duty is critical, Kotil said the crash showed that the “lifestyles of pilots, both male and female” is of crucial importance. “The accident is said to have occurred after the co-pilot who caused the crash broke up with his girlfriend. So, colleagues, please know that we advise single pilots to get married,” Kotil said during the meeting.

Investigators believe that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed the Germanwings plane into a French mountainside on March 24, killing all 150 people onboard.

After the crash, the French media reported that Lubitz had broken up with his girlfriend, whom he was due to marry in 2016, just one day before he flew the Airbus plane into the Alps.

The German daily Bild also reported that Lubitz had told his girlfriend he was in psychiatric treatment, and that he was planning a spectacular gesture that everyone would remember.

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