A passenger named Britta Englisch says that a Germanwings pilot, in charge of a flight from Hamburg to Cologne, went above and beyond to ensure that everyone on the plane felt safe. Passengers, including Englisch, say they were a bit uneasy about flying following the tragic findings that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had deliberately flown the doomed Germanwings flight into the French Alps, killing all 150 passengers aboard. However, Englisch says her pilot did something prior to her flight that made everyone on board give him a round of applause.
Buzzfeed reports that Germanwings passenger Britta Englisch was on a flight from Hamburg to Cologne the day after Germanwings Flight 9525 was deliberately crashed into the French Alps by a suicidal co-pilot. However, Englisch says her pilot did his best to ensure that everyone on the flight felt comfortable and knew exactly who was operating their plane that day.
Englisch posted about her flight on Facebook and described the thoughtful actions of the pilot.
The post, which was originally in German, notes that Britta had “mixed feelings” about boarding a Germanwings flight after the tragic plane crash the day before. However, she says her mind was quickly put at ease when the pilot personally greeted each and every passenger as they boarded the plane. She says prior to the flight, the pilot stood in front of the passengers and explained that he was flying their plane voluntarily. He added that he had a family, and would do everything possible to ensure he made it back to them that evening.
Britta says initially the plane was silent, but then it erupted into applause. Britta says she would like to thank the captain for giving her a good feeling about the flight.
“I would like to thank the captain. That he understood what everyone thought. And that he managed to at least give me a good feeling about the flight.”
Since Britta made her post, it has received over 329,0000 likes and over 19,000 shares. Even some other Germanwings pilots chimed in on the conversation, noting that it is nice to see their colleagues doing such great work. The pilot also thanks all the passengers who have shown “trust” while flying with them.
What do you think about the Germanwings pilot’s actions? Should all pilots make an effort to ease the minds of passengers who may have a fear of flying?
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