Should Airline Pilots be Given a brief health Checkup before each flight?
A major airline's pilot died from a heart attack last week while flying across country. The pilot took over and none of the passengers knew the situation until they landed. Should pilots and co pilots get a health checkup before each long distance flight? Isn't this a matter of public safety and trust?
I do believe that pilots and co-pilots should have frequent and intense checkups, but I think the science just isn't to the point that checkups right before every long flight would be worthwhile. They'd only add to the prep time and increase pilot stress and tiredness, both of which are already problems, without providing a substantial chance of catching major issues.
A quick look-over by a doctor wouldn't predict a heart attack, anyway. Current medical tests don't have a sterling record of predicting heart attacks or even detecting heart attacks while they are occurring.
I just heard on the news that pilots are given complete medical physicals every six months. Although it was unfortunate what happened recently, the co-pilot's are trained and fully capable of flying the plane. Tragic as this situation was fortunately there was a co-pilot.
The mentioned incident is one of the very few one that took place in case of the pilots. For that we cannot question the medical checkup facilities with which the pilots are entertained. Also there is hardly any long distance flight before which the pilots don't go through routine checkup. These routine checkups are enough to ensure that the plane is being handed to a healthily pilot. What we can do is to ensure that the medical staff of the plane remains more alert and conscious. Because in the mentioned incident, the passengers come to know the reality upon landing! If the planes' medical staff stay very much alert and take necessary steps in emergency situations like this, hopefully we will be able to get better results in the upcoming future. Still we must remember that we have no hands upon anyone's death. So whatever measure we take if death is destined of a person on a particular day, we cannot stop that to happen.
Also if any pilot doesn't feel fully sound with regards to health, he/she should report the authority immediately so that they exclude him from that particular flight. This will reduce the chances of unwanted occurrence and the passengers will have a better chance of enjoying a safe journey.
by Michael Willis7 years ago
Amazing story I heard on ABC news this evening. Plane missing and finally found. Pilots claim in heated discussion on company policy. (yeah right) Tower controllers could not get in contact with pilots. Asleep? More...
by Leaderofmany3 years ago
Have you ever given away money to a stranger? Why and how much?People are in need all the time, have you ever helped out a complete stranger?
by Earl S. Wynn6 years ago
What are the best poems about flying and airplanes?
by Nira Perkins4 years ago
How soon before a trip can you find the best prices for airline tickets?Is it best to purchase a ticket well in advance or wait until it's closer to the date to get the least expensive plane tickets (for U.S. and...
by itakins5 years ago
Have your luggage ever been lost on a long haul flight ?How did you cope, and how helpful was the airline to you.?
by DA-COSTA AMANKWAA7 years ago
how can i apply as a cabin crew or flight attendant
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.