German town commemorates school children killed in Germanwings plane crash

Dima Suchin
By Dima Suchin
March 24, 2017World News

The German town of Haltern held a memorial service for 16 students and two teachers killed two years ago in a plane crash.

The teachers and students were on a Germanwings plane headed to Dusseldorf when the plane descended into a mountain. The 27-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, is believed to have intentionally brought the plane down. Black-box recordings reveal the pilot was locked out of the cockpit when Lubitz brought the plane into descent.

One hundred forty-four passengers and six crew members, the total number of people on the plane, died.

Ulrich Wesel, Head Teacher

“(German philosopher) Jean Paul once said ‘memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be driven’, and I think it’s very important for us to come together as a school to remember. The moments of remembrance are an important part of our school life, even for the students who were not yet members of the school at the time (of the crash). It’s very important that we take this time to properly commemorate the students and staff who died.”

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