Lufthansa cancels 60th anniversary celebrations out of respect for Alps crash victims

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AIRLINE Lufthansa has cancelled the planned celebration of its 60th anniversary out of respect for the victims of the Alps disaster.

The anniversary celebrations were planned for April 15 but the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525, with the loss of all 150 passengers, has forced a rethink.

The celebrations were due to go ahead in the middle of April
The celebrations were due to go ahead in the middle of April (Pic: Arpingstone)

 

The company said in a statement: “Instead of the originally planned anniversary event, Lufthansa will provide a live broadcast for its employees, of the official state ceremony in the Cologne Cathedral on the 17th of April 2015, where the bereaved families and friends will gather to remember the victims.”

It has emerged that Lufthansa is putting aside £200m to help cover possible costs arising from the disaster, which is being investigated as a murder-suicide by the co-pilot.

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