Retired airline captain discusses Germanwings crash

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Ken Curell of Centerville has flown for the U.S. Airforce as well as a major airline.

Curell has racked up close to 20,000 hours of fly time.

The retired airline captain says it’s important to know who you’re working with.

When asked how often pilots come into work and meet their co-pilot for the first time, he said it happens a lot.

Curell said back when he was captain, he would routinely gather the status of his crew. That way he knew the mindset of his coworkers before taking off.

“When people get on an airplaine, you’re looking at those people’s eyes,” Curell said. “You’re seeing what they’re going to do. Going to see babies, going to work, going home. They’re counting on you getting them there. The last thing they ever want to think is that the person on the other side of that reinforced door had untoward motivations that are going to put them unnecessarily at risk.”

2 NEWS contacted a local aviation medical examiner and he told us that pilots who fly passengers commercially get physical exams every six months. When asked about mental examinations he said patients often withold that information so it’s hard to tell if there are any psycological issues. He did say the option is there if mental help is needed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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