Friday, March 27, 2015

Germanwings adverts with line ‘Get Ready to be Surprised’ scrapped from London Underground


A London Underground advertising campaign for Germanwings, owners of the doomed Flight 9525, has been pulled because it contained the line ‘Get ready to be surprised’.Airline bosses requested immediate removal after the inappropriateness of the campaign was spotted. The adverts promoting the budget carrier’s flights featured a stewardess dressed in their traditional maroon uniform, alongside the caption reading: "Get ready to be surprised. Visit Germany." Nearly all of the 80-plus adverts have been taken down, with the remaining ones due to be removed shortly, according to Transport for London (TfL). The move comes following the devastating Germanwings crash earlier this week, in which 150 people were killed when the plane smashed into the French Alps. A TfL spokesman said: "Germanwings got on to our advertising partner and asked if the adverts could be taken down."French prosecutors this week said they suspected co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had intentionally started the decent of Germanwings flight 4U9525 on Tuesday afternoon, while the pilot was locked out of the cockpit. Reports suggested there was a "violent struggle" between the two airmen, who were "shouting at each other" moments before impact. Lubitz - who had around 630 hours of flight experience at the time of the crash - is believed to have been alive at the moment the plane hit the side of the mountain at 500mph. It emerged today that German prosecutors had found torn-up sick notes in the home of Lubitz, and suspected that he had hid an existing illness from his employer. In their report, they said some were "recent and even from the day of the crime". They did not disclose what Lubitz was suffering from, but said their evidence pointed "towards an existing illness and corresponding treatment by doctors". No evidence of political or religious motivation behind the crash was found, nor a suicide note. Earlier, German media reported that Lubitz suffered from depression some six years ago - resulting him spending over a year in psychiatric treatment. Lufthansa, parent company of Germanwings, acknowledged that Lubitz had broken off his training in 2009 but said there was nothing in the pilot's background to suggest he was a risk. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said: "After he was cleared again, he resumed training. He passed all the subsequent tests and checks with flying colours. His flying abilities were flawless."
 express

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