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Germanwings crash: Lufthansa cancels 60-year anniversary celebration

world Updated: Mar 31, 2015 19:23 IST


Germany's Lufthansa airlines announced on Tuesday that it has cancelled its 60-year anniversary celebration to respect the crash victims of Germanwings flight 4U9525.

"Out of respect for the crash victims of flight 4U9525, Lufthansa is cancelling the originally planned festivities for the 60th anniversary of the company, which was planned for the April 15, 2015," said a statement by Lufthansa Group.

Instead, the company confirmed that it would offer live coverage of memorial service for the victims at the Cologne Cathedral on April 17, Xinhua news agency reported citing the statement.

In an earlier statement, Lufthansa group conveyed the request from family and friends of the victims for media to show restraint. They asked Lufthansa and Germanwings to shield them "from any questions coming from the media", said the statement.

"It is their wish to not be disturbed and to remember the deceased in privacy," it said

Flight 4U9525 operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings crashed on March 23 in the southern French Alps while flying from Spain's Barcelona to Germany's Duesseldorf killing all 150 people on board.