27/03/2015 13:00 GMT | Updated 27/03/2015 13:59 GMT

Germanwings London Underground Adverts Removed Following Alps Crash

Germanwings has ordered the removal of adverts on London's Underground system following the tragic plane crash which killed 150 people on Tuesday.

The posters flaunted the low-cost airline's cheap fares to Berlin and Hamburg accompanied by the tagline "get ready to be surprised".

Transport for London removed 65 digital adverts within an hour of the company's request, just hours after the news broke.

There were also 17 large paper adverts throughout the Tube network which required more time to remove.

"Five have been covered up and another ten will be covered up today," a spokesperson told The Independent.

"Then there are a final two that we are working to get covered up as soon as we can."

It is believed pilot Andreas Lubitzintentionally crashed the Germanwings Airbus A320 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on Tuesday, which came down in the French Alps near Digne.

Police are currently searching his home for evidence, having ascertained from black box data that he was "breathing normally" as the plane descended rapidly towards the ground.

Investigators have found torn up sick notes intended to relieve Lubitz from duty on the day of the crash. It is thought his captain left the cockpit to use the toilet when the 10-year Lufthansa veteran locked the door and began the terrifying eight minute descent.

In light of the revelations, easyJet and Thomas Cook have begun operating an American-inspired policy which involves another member of the crew replacing any pilot who leaves the cockpit, for any amount of time.


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