Mental health has been a taboo subject in our society. Our society is quite reluctant to talk about it openly and accept this fact that mental health monitoring is as important as physical health.
From the last few decades, there is substantial increase in the number of air passengers and air cargo worldwide. According to data from the international air traffic association (IATA) and international civil aviation organization (ICAO), global air passenger traffic has grown at an average of around 5.5% over the past 20 years and the global air cargo traffic increased by an average rate of around 4.1% between 2009 and 2019. Which has again increased the chances of air accidents and crashes.
There have been various reasons for airplane crashes around the world, but some of the top reasons includes Human error, technical faults, weather conditions, air traffic control errors. According to the surveys done by AOPA (aircraft owner and pilot association), 75% of the accidents are because of pilot error mental health issues and due to the pandemic, it has increased in a highest degree. 12% of airplane pilots have reported symptoms of depressive disorder and these pilots have flown the commercial flights in the 2 weeks. Out of which 4% have reported suicidal feeling while flying. In 2022, 56% of pilots have avoided mental health care in the fear of not able to fly again. 58% of the pilots are lying about their medical condition in the health sheets.
According to the survey executed by FAA (Federal aviation administration) anonymously, 47% of the pilots are in anti-depressant. 97% believes that FAA is not handling mental health issue correctly.
The goal of this system is to ensure that pilots receive the necessary support and treatment to maintain good mental health and prevent incidents related to mental health issues. By detecting potential problems early, the system could help prevent accidents and reduce the risk of harm to passengers, crew members, and the public. Additionally, it could help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in the aviation industry and promote a culture of openness and support.
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Author – Sudipta Nandy
My name is Sudipta Nandy, and I am a highly motivated Test Automation Engineer with a passion for this field since 2018. My enthusiasm for test automation and commitment to staying up-to-date with the latest technologies and best practices enable me to deliver exceptional results. In addition to my work, I enjoy reading non-fiction books and traveling to collect stories that broaden my perspectives.