The supplier’s European unit lost two of its Spain-based employees recently, as the persons were among the 150 casualties of a severe plane accident that took place in a secluded part of the French Alps on Tuesday.
Delphi’s German headquarters are located in Wuppertal, around 34 km (21 miles) from Duesseldorf. The Germanwings flight was taking the persons from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when it crashed in France. According to the automotive supplier, Rogelio Oficialdegui, its human resources chief in Spain and Manuel Rives Salinas, an employee representative, were among the crash fatalities. “Our deepest condolences go out to the victims and their families of this tragic accident,” read a statement coming from Delphi. Both employees were working for the Delphi Diesel offices at Sant Cugat near Barcelona and they were going to Dusseldorf, Germany on business, traveling for a company meeting.
Both employees were Spanish nationals, with Oficialdegui, 62, a long time employee of the company – having worked for Delphi in the past 32 years. Meanwhile, Salinas, 51, had been employed by Delphi for 26 years and was also in the supplier’s European employee committee. As for the rest of the crash victims, reports put the vast majority as tourists that spent vacation time in Spain, but there were also 16 German high school students and two teachers that had returned from a study program near Barcelona.
Via Automotive News Europe