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Some Concerned With Flight Safety After Tragedy in Europe

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After the air flight tragedy that struck Europe this week, some people are nervous about flying.

Dan Hargrove, Director of Aviation at Rocky Mountain College, said in the U.S., mechanisms are in place to ensure airline pilots are in fact psychologically stable. Once a year, pilots have a medical examination for hearing and eye sight, and they undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Hargrove said pilots are expected to report if they are having episodes of depression or if they are on depression medication. He also said you can feel safe about flying in the United States.

"It's an extremely safe business. We have to trust the people up front, like we do in a lot of industries. This situation in Germany, still a lot of details to come out, but uh, certainly very tragic but you can still be assured that it's very, very safe," said Hargrove.

Hargrove continued to say cockpit safety has also increased in security since 9/11. It's a requirement a pilot is not left alone in a cockpit, mainly for health reasons. If a co-pilot needs to step out, a flight attendant steps in. Then a process is followed for when the co-pilot returns, to make sure it's really them.

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