An Airbus A320neo plane with the logo of German airline Lufthansa stands on the factory site of Airbus on February 12, 2016 in Hamburg, northern Germany. /AFP / dpa / Lukas Schulze
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Germany will step up surprise tests for airline pilots to detect medications and drugs nearly a year after a Germanwings co-pilot suffering from depression deliberately crashed his plane, the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported Saturday.Carsten Spohr, head of German air giant Lufthansa, which owns low-cost subsidiary Germanwings, already announced in May 2015 surprise medical checks for the company's pilots.In July 2015, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recommended more medical testing for pilots, including more psychological tests.
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