By BosNewsLife News Center
BERLIN/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)– Churches have offered support for family members and relatives of the 150 people who died when a Germanwings Airbus A320 plane crashed March 24 in the foothills near Digne-les-Bains, in the Alpes de Haute Provence in southeastern France.
Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the captain frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as the 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed the plane into an Alpine mountainside, according to investigators.
Thursday’s account of the final moments of Germanwings Flight 9525 prompted some airlines to immediately impose stricter cockpit rules, including at least two people at all times.
“We have no idea of the reason,” Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin said, revealing the chilling conclusions investigators reached after reconstructing the final minutes of the flight from the plane’s black box voice recorder.
Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s intention was “to destroy this plane”, amid reported depression and health issues.
Bruno Vertallier, president of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in south and west Europe, said he mourns with the families of the victims of the tragic event.
“I trusts that you will find the necessary support to go through this terrible reality of being cut off
from your loved ones. I grieve with you,” he said in a statement sent to BosNewsLife.
The Adventist Church said it is ready “to offer assistance and support to each person affected by the terrible plane crash” through its local churches and institutions in Germany, France and Spain.
“The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South and West of Europe expresses its deepest sympathy and extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of all victims. We share their pain and pray that the Lord may comfort and relieve their hearts.“