An easyJet pilot who allegedly told his friends that he is suicidal has been stood down by the low cost airline after he sent a WhatsApp message saying he was “probably going to kill myself”, according to The Sun newspaper.
An easyJet spokeswoman said, “We can confirm that the pilot was stood down from flying several days ago, in line with our procedures, while we investigate. We have offered support in the meantime.
“The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is the airline’s highest priority.”
She added: “We offer support through an employee assistance programme, pilot peer support programme and we have a full occupational health provision across our UK and European network.
“We always take steps to ensure that easyJet’s pilots are fully fit to operate.
“All pilots are licensed under aviation regulators and as part of this are subject to extensive regular medical assessments which include mental health assessments.”
The Sun also reported that the pilot in question told easyJet bosses that he is not suicidal.