Germanwings orders 'get ready to be surprised' adverts be removed from London Underground stations hours after crash

TfL confirmed 65 digital adverts were removed within an hour of the airline’s request to take them down

Germanwings is removing paper and digital adverts for its flights from London Underground stations following a crash prosecutors say was caused “intentionally” by a co-pilot, killing all 150 people on board.

A spokeswoman for Transport for London (TfL) said Germanwings asked for the adverts to be removed on Tuesday just hours after news of the disaster in the French Alps broke.

The adverts feature an air stewardess standing next to the Germanwings logo and the slogan: “Get ready to be surprised. Visit Germany.”The spokeswoman told The Independent: “We had 65 digital adverts which were removed within an hour of the call on Tuesday. There are 17 of the large paper adverts, which obviously take a little bit more time to remove.

“Five have been covered up and another ten will be covered up today. Then there are a final two that we are working to get covered up as soon as we can.”

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Andreas Lubitz runs the Airport Race half marathon in Hamburg on 13 September 2009

Investigators have been searching co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s family home and are examining his personal life to determine why he would have intentionally descended the plane.

Reports emerged this morning citing sources claiming Lubitz was receiving “specific and regular medical treatment” ever since he suffered a “serious depressive episode” in 2009.

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said Lubitz had taken a break during his training six years ago. He did not elaborate on what this break was for but said he later passed a series of tests and was deemed fit for flying “without any restrictions”.

German police searching his home in the town of Montabaur announced this morning they may have made a "significant" discovery. However, Dusseldorf police spokeswoman Susanna Heusgen said "no crucial piece of evidence has been found yet" after the searches in that property and another in Dusseldorf, which he was believed to have shared with his girlfriend.

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