Flags at half mast, crying people. For many Germans, today is the darkest day in the past months or even years. The Germanwings flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed in France. All passengers and crew members died. March 24 is a day nobody in Germany will forget anytime soon. So won’t we.
In my life, I’ve been flying with Lufthansa several times. I’ve also been flying with Germanwings together with Sabrina in August 2014. Not even once did I have any concerns about safety in any airplane that was operated by a German airline and especially not when flying with Lufthansa or one of its subsidiaries. However, today everything changes. For Germanwings, for passengers and especially for the relatives of the casualties. It’s still hard to believe what happened with the Germanwings plane that most likely smashed at a rock wall in the French part of the Alps. By today, there are only few facts that help to clear up what happened between Barcelona and the French Département Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.
At this point, nobody should speculate about what exactly happened with Germanwings flight 4U 9525. Hopefully, the reasons for the crash will be determined soon, so flying will get a little bit safer once again. This won’t help the 150 passengers who died today and it won’t help their families, but it will help to reduce the sorrow in the future. Flying is safer than driving a car, but there will always be a little risk. For us as Germans, this is a day to be with the victims and their families in our thoughts. Let’s hope that nothing like that will happen anytime soon again. The fatal crashes in the last years killed way too many men, women and sadly also kids.
We hope you, all our friends and readers, are safe.