We are all grieved to learn of reports that Germanwings flight 9525 crashed in a remote area of the French Alps with six crewmembers and 144 passengers earlier today. The Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings, a budget subsidiary of Lufthansa, was scheduled to fly to Düsseldorf from Barcelona.
A French military helicopter located the wreckage near the town of Prads-Haute-Bléone. Rescue and recovery operations are underway, although French aviation authorities expressed concern about the remote location and conditions that will make it difficult to access the wreckage to search for any potential survivors.
As aviation’s first responders, we have dedicated our careers to maintaining the highest levels of safety and security in the aircraft cabin, and the news of Germanwings Flight 9525 strikes at the heart of our union. As we wait for answers to the many questions surrounding this incident, we hold the crew, passengers and their families in our hearts and minds.
News of an airline irregularity or tragedy, regardless of the airline or country involved, can trigger powerful emotions for those working in the aviation industry. As details unfold, our emotional connections are likely to deepen. Remember, your AFA EAP is available to help any member with their thoughts and reaction to this incident. You can find your local AFA EAP committee members at www.afacwa.org or by calling the EAP international helpline at 800-424-2406.
Remain vigilant at all times and take care of each other.