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Woman May Have Faked Being Related to Crash Victim

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | April 10, 2015

Woman May Have Faked Being Related to Crash Victim

The sad truth about tragedy is that it sometimes bring out the scammers and the profiteers, the unscrupulous who will take advantage of victims at a compromising moment amidst heartache and grief.

Last month’s crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 appears to be no exception.

According to the German newspaper Halterner Zeitung, a woman from western Germany flew twice to the crash site in southeast France at the expense of Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings. The newspaper – based in the town of Haltern, which lost 16 high school students and two teachers in the March 24 tragedy – says the woman apparently claimed to be a cousin of one of the teachers.

Lufthansa offered all-expenses paid flights and hotels to family members of the victims so that they could mourn near the crash site.

Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed when co-pilot Andreas Lubitz allegedly locked the captain out of the cockpit when he went to the restroom and deliberately crashed the plane into the side of the French Alps. All 150 on board were killed.

German police are investigating the unnamed woman. Lufthansa said it is also working with the police on a "regrettable isolated case.”

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