Lufthansa, Germanwings darken logos on social media in mourning after crash

The discount airliner's CEO also spoke at a press conference on Tuesday. Airbus and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations both released statements on the incident.

COLOGNE, GERMANY: After a plane operated by Lufthansa discount carrier Germanwings crashed in southern France on Tuesday morning, both airlines turned their logos black and grey on social media.  

Germanwings’ logo is maroon and yellow, while Lufthansa’s is navy blue and yellow.

The companies changed their logo colors on Twitter and Facebook after Germanwings confirmed that one of its Airbus A320 flights carrying 144 passengers and six crew members crashed in a remote area of the French Alps. Two babies and 20 German schoolchildren were onboard.

The plane, which was en route to Duesseldorf from Barcelona, had an eight-minute descent from 38,000 feet and crashed. Most accidents, however, occur during takeoff or landing.

Germanwings and Lufthansa put the same statement on their websites Tuesday morning and repeated the sentiment on their social media pages.

"Everyone at Germanwings and Lufthansa is deeply shocked and saddened by these events," the companies said, offering a telephone hotline to all families of the passengers involved. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew members."

Airbus also confirmed the accident in a statement and provided information about the aircraft, such as its delivery to Lufthansa from the production line in 1991 and that it had accumulated approximately 58,300 flight hours in some 46,700 flights.

"There is absolutely no issue" with the age of the plane, Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann said at a press conference.

"We cannot say at this point and time why our colleagues decided to lower the plane as swiftly as [they] did," he said. "We don't have any information about why he brought the plane down so quickly to a lower height."

The pilot had been flying for more than 10 years and earned 6,000 hours of experience. The Germanwings CEO said the airline is, at this point, drawing information solely from data provided by the French radar system; other information has not yet been checked.

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations also released a statement stressing the need to avoid speculation as to what happened to the aircraft.

The organization has reached out to the French and German Air Line Pilots’ Associations and said it will help relevant organizations gather facts and information that may be pertinent to this event.

French President François Hollande said at a press conference that he does not believe there will be survivors.

Representatives from Germanwings and Lufthansa were not immediately available to comment.

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