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Germanwings disaster prompts Turkish Airlines CEO to tell pilots to marry

Turkish Airlines' CEO says that pilots may not be as prone to destructive behavior like that of the Germanwings pilot believed to have intentionally crashed a flight last month - if only they get married.

Turkish Airlines' CEO says that pilots may not be as prone to destructive behavior like that of the Germanwings pilot believed to have intentionally crashed a flight last month - if only they get married.

At an event Thursday, Temel Kotil told new Turkish Airlines pilots that the March 24 crash in the French Alps showed that piloting is critical.

"Our pilot friends, whether they are men or women, their lifestyles are very important," he said.

Prosecutors believe that the co-pilot of Flight 9525, Andreas Lubitz, intentionally crashed the Barcelona-Duesseldorf flight March 24 and are trying to determine why.

"The accident there happened, I believe, after the (pilot) separated from his girlfriend," Kotil said. "Therefore, I am guiding those who are single toward marriage from this podium," he added with a smile.

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