Lufthansa cancels its 60th jubilee celebration this month as a mark of respect for the victims of Germanwings flight 4U9525, which crashed on March 24 killing all 150 people on board. The German carrier planned celebration of its anniversary on April 15, but Lufthansa’s refounding a decade after the end of World War II have been declined “out of respect” for victims who died in the French Alps. “Instead of the originally planned jubilee event, Lufthansa will provide a live broadcast for its employees, of the official state ceremony in the Cologne Cathedral on April 17, 2015, where the bereaved families and friends will gather to remember the victims,” Lufthansa explained why carrier cancels celebration event in a brief statement. The official state ceremony in the city where Lufthansa and Germanwings are headquartered will be participated by the families and friends of killed passengers.
The Germanwings Airbus A320 was operating a scheduled flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf when it crashed into the southern French Alps on March 24. The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing his plane into the Alps had disclosed an earlier bout of depression, Lufthansa has said. The airline, which owns Germanwings, had previously suffered five fatal crashes involving passenger and cargo planes that together killed less people than the March 24 tragedy. It is the airline’s worst-ever crash.