Germanwings Plane Crash: Spanish Victims' Bodies Are Flown Home

by The Associated Press /

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About 30 coffins with remains of Spaniards killed in the Germanwings jet crash were being flown to Barcelona on Monday to be turned over to relatives.

The remains were heading home from Marseille, France, 12 weeks after co-pilot Andreas Lubitz slammed the plane into the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 people on board.

Lufthansa spokesman Martin Riecken said relatives at the airport will see the coffins in a building "where they will have time to mourn in dignified surroundings." Germanwings is owned by Lufthansa.

Riecken could not immediately provide a precise number of coffins being sent Monday.

Forty-seven victims on the Barcelona-Duesseldorf flight were Spaniards and four were dual citizens with a Spain passport. Seventy two Germans were killed, plus citizens of more than a dozen other countries.

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