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Delta Air Lines pilot grounded for hiding ‘major depressive disorder’ to keep flying

The U. S. Air Force veteran reportedly began flying for Delta in 2017.

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A Delta Air Lines pilot is grounded after being sued for misleading officials about a “major depressive disorder” in the hope of continuing his career in the air.

A Delta spokesman confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that the united states air force veteran Adam Asleson is “no longer active fly” with the carrier in the wake of his indictment in the U.S. district Court in San Francisco.

Instead, Asleson reportedly told the FAA that he received VA disability for “knee strain and tinnitus.”

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According to a press release from the U. S. Attorney’s Office, the 39-year-old from Peachtree, Ga., was charged on Aug. 28 for incorrect reporting of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), that he ” did not suffer from mental disorders such as depression or anxiety,” even though he previously sought assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for a “major depressive disorder”.

Instead, Asleson reportedly told the FAA that he received VA disability for “knee strain and tinnitus.”

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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Asleson falsified the medical records “to obtain airman medical certificates.” He is reportedly started flying for Delta in 2017.

Asleson was arrested on Aug. 28 and released on a $10,000 bond, according to the press release.

On the same day, three other pilots, who are also receiving disability from the VA, were indicted for making false statements to the FAA regarding their medical history that may have disqualified them from the control of aircraft.

Asleson will his next appearance on Oct. 3.

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Representatives for Delta returned to Fox News’ request for comment on the story with the following statement:

“Delta pilots are held to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity. Once made aware of the situation, we opened an internal investigation and is cooperating with the government,” the Delta spokesman said. “The pilot in question is no longer active fly.”

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak

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