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Easy Doctors

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The government's air surgeon has complained that some doctors permit airline pilots to continue flying by not reporting such serious ailments as alcoholism, heart disease, or mental trouble.

Dr. P. V. Siegal, the Federal Aviation Administration air surgeon, blamed a small group of "easy doctors" among the 2,187 physicians who are designated to examine commercial pilots regularly.

Under FAA regulations, airline pilots must pass a physical examination once a year up to age 40 and twice a year thereafter to keep their top-rated licenses.