Europe was greatly shocked at what had befallen Germanwings Flight 9252 when it crashed last Tuesday in France. Many world leaders have expressed their grief and their shock at the unfortunate incident that killed all 150 passengers. 72 passengers were Germans, 35 were Spaniards, 2 Americans, 2 Australians and 2 Britons.
French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have all visited the crash site in France and expressed their sorrow for the families of the unfortunate victims.
In a statement made by the German Chancellor, she had shared her thoughts and condolences as well as the entire German government to those who have lost their lives in the crash. She described the suffering of the families of the victims as ‘immense.’
Spain, on the other hand, expressed their grief by announcing a three days of national mourning which begins this Wednesday. Prime Minister Rajoy said in a press conference that they are lamenting the incident like everyone else is doing. President Hollande turned to Twitter to show his support for the family of the victims and addressed the incident as a tragedy on France’s soil.
Due to the incident, King Felipe of Spain had to cut his state visit to France.
The leaders of the countries involved were not the only ones who expressed their sadness and grief following the air crash. U.S. President Barack Obama had even called both Rajoy and Merkel to give his condolences on behalf of the United States of America.
Germany and Spain are considered as one the U.S.’ biggest allies and Obama wanted them to know that they stand in solidarity even during this unfortunate event.
Obama added that it was heartbreaking because most of the victims were also children and some were even infants.
About sixteen high school students from Germany were killed in the crash. A Swedish football team was also scheduled to be on board on Flight 9252. Luckily, all 29 team members were divided into three separate flights, sparing them from the same fate that killed 150 passengers.
British President David Cameron also pledged their support.