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Probe in to claim woman faked relative in Germanwings crash to get free flight

Published 09/04/2015 | 17:02

Germanwings flight crashed in southern France
Germanwings flight crashed in southern France

German police are looking into whether a woman claimed to be a relative of a victim of last month's Germanwings crash to get free flights to southern France.

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Germanwings parent Lufthansa organised special flights for victims' relatives after the March 24 crash, which killed all 150 people on board.

The daily Halterner Zeitung, based in the town that lost 16 high school students and two teachers, reported that a woman flew to the region twice at Lufthansa's expense after falsely claiming to be a cousin of one of the teachers.

Markus Tewes, a police spokesman in the town Hoexter, said police are investigating possible fraud and the woman will be questioned.

Andreas Lubitz
Andreas Lubitz

Lufthansa said it is looking into what appears to be a "regrettable isolated case" but did not give details.

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
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

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