Germany and Spain mourn the loss 150 people in air crash in the French Alps

March 25, 2015 | By | Reply More

Mar25, – Two Australians are among 150 people killed in a Germanwings aeroplane crash in the French Alps, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said.

hromedia Germany and Spain mourn the loss 150 people in air crash in the French Alps eu news3Hundreds turned out in the western German town of Haltern am See to mourn 16 students and two teachers lost in Tuesday’s Germanwings crash in the French Alps. The Airbus A320 crashed en route to Dusseldorf from Barcelona, likely killing all 150 on board, in what would be the worst air accident on French soil in three decades. Spain declared three days of national mourning.

Ms Bishop said a woman and her adult son from Victoria were on flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, which went down with 144 passengers and six crew on board about 10:30am (8:30pm AEDT) on Tuesday.

“I don’t think it gets any easier announcing the death of Australian citizens in a tragedy overseas,” Ms Bishop said.

“Our thoughts and prayers and support are with the family of the victims and we will continue to provide them whatever consular assistance they may require.”

Ms Bishop said Australia would send a consular official to the south-eastern French town of Gap where they would set up a mobile office and liaise with French authorities on the recovery effort.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the State and Federal governments were offering support to the family.

“This is a great tragedy. It’s very, very sad news for all of us and our thoughts, our prayers and our best wishes and our support most importantly will be with that family,” he said.

Tony Abbott also offered his condolences to the families who have lost relatives.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of all those killed but particularly with the loved ones of the two Australians who have lost their lives,” Mr Abbott said.

“Our consular officials are doing what they can for the families.”

Grieving relatives of passengers gathered at Barcelona and Dusseldorf airports as officials announced none of the 150 people on board survived.

Several dozen relatives, some crying and shaking their heads, arrived at Barcelona’s El Prat airport after news the flight, which took off in the morning for Dusseldorf, had crashed.

Police at the remote crash site in south-eastern France said everyone on board was killed when the Airbus 320 operated by Lufthansa’s budget carrier Germanwings went down.

The airline’s managing director, Thomas Winkelmann, said routine maintenance of the aircraft had been carried out the day before, and said the company would work closely with investigators.

With the cause of the accident a mystery, authorities have recovered a black box from the Airbus A320 at the crash site, where rescue efforts were hampered by the mountainous terrain.

French officials halted the recovery operation at nightfall, when the weather deteriorated.

Local MP Christophe Castaner, who flew over the site, said on Twitter: “Horrendous images in this mountain scenery. Nothing is left but debris and bodies.

“A horror – the plane is totally destroyed.”

A senior airline official said they were working on the assumption the crash was an accident.

“For the time being, we say it’s an accident, anything else would be speculation,” Lufthansa vice president for sales and services in Europe, Heike Birlenbach, said.

It is believed 67 German and 45 Spanish nationals were on board the flight, including two babies.

Press journalist for HRO media – Norberto Lluch reports.

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