A memorial service was held in the town of Dignes-les-Bains Saturday to honor victims of Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps.
About 200 people, including family, relatives and friends of the victims, attended the mass led by the Bishop of Digne, Jean-Philippe Nault.
A local resident expressed her feeling on what happened, saying that it was “terrible” and it was “horrible for the families.”
A man, Max Pignede, joined in the prayers and delivered a reading in the hope that victim’s families would find solace.
“The emotion caused by this accident is huge and international. Let the families and relatives of the victims find solace in the manifestation of compassion, Lord, we pray to you,” he said.
French prosecutors have said that the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight, 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz, intentionally crashed the plane into mountains on Tuesday after locking the commanding pilot out of the cockpit. German prosecutors are trying to determine the cause of Lubitz’s devastating decision.
A woman identified as Lubitz’s former girlfriend is quoted in Saturday’s issue of the German daily Bild saying that the co-pilot told her that he was in psychiatric treatment. The woman also revealed to the newspaper that Lubitz told her that he was planning a spectacular gesture that everyone would remember.
Torn up doctor’s notes were found Friday in a search of Lubitz’s homes in two German cities, including one note excusing him from work the day of the crash.
A statement from prosecutors said medical documents indicated “an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment.” The statement did not disclose what the illness was.
In France Friday, officials said they had recovered between 400 and 600 body parts from the crash site. None of the bodies of the 150 victims were found intact.
Lufthansa, the parent company of budget airline Germanwings, announced Friday it will implement new rules requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times.
Europe’s aviation safety agency recommended Friday that all airlines adopt the standard.
The U.S. has required at least two people inside the cockpit of an airborne plane since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. A member of the flight crew must stand in if a pilot needs to leave.
Other airlines have taken similar action, including Air Canada, which announced a new protocol Thursday mandating two people in a cockpit at all times during a flight.