Pilot grounded by easyJet after telling friends he was suicidal
He was stood down by the airline after it was alerted to messages he sent to a WhatsApp group stating he was “probably going to kill myself”. Concerns about the mental health of flight crew have been raised since a Germanwings airliner was deliberately flown into a mountain by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in March 2015, killing all 150 people on board. An easyJet spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that the pilot was stood down from flying several days ago, in line with our procedures, while we investigate. She added: “We offer support through an employee assistance programme, pilot peer support programme and we have a full occupational health provision across our UK and European network.