A Germanwings passenger posted on Facebook about her experience flying the morning after the tragic plane crash in the French Alps, and now, her post has been shared nearly 20,000 times.
In her Facebook post, Britta Englisch explained that she and the other passengers were noticeably apprehensive about flying after another Germanwings flight had gone down the day before, but as they got onto the plane, the pilot personally welcomed them on board and assured them that they would be safe.
“This flight was the morning after the crash — at this time no details were known and everything was mere speculation,” Englisch explained to Time Magazine. “Logically it was pretty clear to me, that Germanwings might have been the safest airline at that morning — they doublechecked every plane and pilots and crew were free to choose if they were feeling able to fly or not. Nevertheless I had this feeling in my stomach. Feelings are not logical, are they? If someone made an uneasy impression, [the pilot] talked to them.”
Before going into the cockpit, the pilot got on the microphone and gave the passengers a speech.
“He introduced himself and his crew, talked about how he felt — that some of the crew knew someone on the plane, that he also had a slight uneasy feeling not knowing what happened,” Englisch recalled. “[The pilot continued that] he and the crew are there voluntarily, that the company didn’t force anyone to be on duty that day, that he double-checked the plane this morning. [He said that] he has family, kids and a wife who he loves, that the crew has loved ones and [that] he’ll do everything to return safely to them every evening.”
Englisch says that during his speech, the entire plane was completely silent and attentive.
“No one was checking his phone for the last time or reading the papers,” Englisch said. “And then everyone applauded.”
Englisch explained the incident on Facebook, and quickly, her post went viral. Now, it’s garnered nearly 20,000 shares.
“It was just one post amongst thousand others,” Englisch said, “and it was meant to say thank you to the pilot for not hiding in the cockpit but letting us be part of his feelings.”