At a time when you are left shaking your head at the pain and devastation human beings can cause, occasionally we’re reminded that people are also capable of beautiful acts of kindness and compassion.
Last week, Andreas Lubitz, co-pilot of Germanwings flight 9525, purposefully crashed the Airbus 320 into the French Alps. He deliberately overrode the plane’s course, descending into the side of a mountain. The crash killed all 150 people on board.
The next day, passenger Britta Englisch, was feeling understandably emotional. She, like many others, felt nervous about boarding a Germanwings plane just one day after 150 people lost their lives.
But one special pilot made sure her experience wasn’t one of fear or apprehension. It was something very different. Something wonderful. And she took to Facebook to share it:
“Yesterday morning at 8:40 a.m., I got onto a Germanwings flight from Hamburg to Cologne with mixed feelings. But then the captain not only welcomed each passenger separately, he also made a short speech before take off. Not from the cockpit — he was standing in the cabin. He spoke about how the accident touched him and the whole crew. About how queasy the crew feels, but that everybody from the crew is voluntarily here. And about his family and that the crew have a family and that he is going to do everything to be with his family again tonight. It was completely silent. And then everybody applauded. I want to thank this pilot. He understood what everybody was thinking. And that he managed to give, at least me, a good feeling for this flight.”
A man who has had his employer, his profession and his reputation as a pilot undoubtedly rocked by such an horrific tragedy took the time to make others feel at ease. He let every individual on that plane know that he saw them, not just as face-less passengers, but as people. He made them feel safe.
Such a simple but wonderful gesture.