Saturday 1 October 2016

Families of Germanwings victims meet crash investigators

Published 11/06/2015 | 13:26

The remains of several school pupils killed in the Germanwings plane crash returned to their home town of Haltern, Germany, yesterday (AP)
The remains of several school pupils killed in the Germanwings plane crash returned to their home town of Haltern, Germany, yesterday (AP)
A convoy of hearses drives on the highway in Duisburg, Germany. (AP)
Experts comb the debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. (AP)

Families of victims of the Germanwings plane crash are meeting with investigators in Paris amid questions about why the co-pilot intentionally destroyed the Airbus A320 and how relatives will be compensated.

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The meeting, which will also focus on the long-stalled return of the victims' belongings, comes in the same week that the first remains were returned to families after the March 24 crash. All 150 people on board were killed.

rescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France.
rescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France.
Rescue workers scour debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France (AP)
Candles are placed in Cologne Cathedral as a service was held in memory of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash (AP)
Rescue workers and investigators work at the crash site of a Germanwings Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes. The co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, 27 of a Germanwings jet that crashed in the French Alps increased the airplane's speed before it crashed killing all 150 people on board, according to French investigators (REUTERS)
Emergency workers at the site of the Germanwings crash
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (2ndL) is helped by a gendarme as he places a wreath by a stele in memory of the victims of the Germanwings Airbus A320 crash, on April 3, 2015 in the village of Le Vernet, French Alps. REUTERS/Lionel Bonaventure/Pool
People queue in front of Cologne Cathedral for a ceremony in memory of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash (AP)

The families were holding their own meeting at a Paris hotel before heading off to see Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin, who is leading a French investigation into the crash, and other French officials.

Read more here: Hearse convoy for air crash victims  

German lawyer Peter Kortas, whose firm represents the relatives of 34 victims, said negotiations with Germanwings began several days ago over compensation. Families were also looking for answers about delays in returning the victims' remains.

"In this moment everything else is not as important as the fact that the bodies, (the) remains be returned to their families," he said. "It's already more than two-and-a-half months since the crash happened, so it's finally necessary to get to closure."

Andreas Lubitz
Andreas Lubitz

Read more here: First victims' remains from Germanwings plane crash flown back to relatives  

"The loss of the relatives should be compensated with also a suitable amount of money," he said. "There are two points in these negotiations: First, the material loss for the material damages, and it is also about damages for pain and suffering."

French and German prosecutors say co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally flew Flight 9525 into the French Alps en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. German authorities have said he suffered from depression in the past and had researched suicide methods.

Read more here: Plane crash remains head to Germany  

The first burial is expected on Friday. Victims had a total of 19 nationalities but nearly half were German, and 47 were Spanish.

In Germany, a convoy of hearses brought home the remains of a group of students and their teachers from a high school in the town of Haltern who were among the dead. Hundreds of people, some hugging and crying, lined the streets to pay their respects.

Read more here: Crash pilot 'contacted doctors'  

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