Pilot confidentiality 'must be relaxed'

French investigators have called for medical confidentiality to be relaxed for pilots, in the wake of last year’s Germanwings disaster.

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was urged by a doctor to attend psychiatric hospital weeks before he crashed the plane on 24 March 2015, but his employer was never alerted, their final report says.

All 150 people on board died as Flight 9525 hit a mountain in the French Alps.

Investigators believe Lubitz brought down the plane deliberately.

He had been suffering from severe depression.

They have also called for more stringent medical checks for pilots.

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