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Lord Bell Criticised For Germanwings Crash Pilot Knock Knock Joke On BBC 5 Live

15/04/2015 17:11 BST | Updated 15/04/2015 17:59 BST

Conservative Peer Lord Bell came under fire today after telling a less-than-amusing “joke” about the fatal Germanwings crash.

Lord Bell was discussing the use of humour during the General Election campaign on BBC Radio 5 Live, when he told host Adrian Chiles: "Most humour is at the expense of somebody.”

He continued: "There's a terrible knock knock joke going around at the moment, which I'm not going to do on air because I'll probably get shot."

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Lord Bell made the 'joke' on Radio 5 Live

Of course, the former spin doctor then proceeded to tell the joke.

Laughing, he said: "Knock Knock. Who's there? The pilot."

Oh dear.

A horrified Chiles responded, saying: "But that's an awful one, you wouldn't get into anything like that in political advertising."

Later in the programme Chiles added: “Obviously apologies to any listeners who were offended by Lord Tim Bell’s ‘joke’ – in inverted commas – earlier.”

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Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps on 24 March.

It is believed that the plane’s co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, intentionally caused the crash by locking the pilot out of the cockpit and setting the aircraft on a sustained descent.

All 144 passengers and six crew members died in the tragedy.

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All those on board the Germanwings flight died

Many on Twitter blasted Bell for his “humor”.

Andrew Feinstein tweeted: “Thatcher's odious PR man & now Tory peer's tasteless Germanwings 'joke': A lack of class & principles is permanent!

User @bitesizebits said: “So much for being a PR guru…”

Michael Curry added: “Of course someone who worked for Margaret Thatcher would make such a "joke" of a deadly tragedy.”