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Families of tragic Germanwings plane arrive to crash site for memorial

Families of the victims of the Germanwings crash have just started arriving at the crash site as news breaks that screams were heard in the cabin when the plane descended into the French Alps.

Four teenage children have been seen at the make-shift memorial site that looks on to the mountain, behind where the plane's debris lies.

French police have just formed a human barricade to prevent the media from speaking with the victims' families.

There is also a 200-metre long barricade in place and police officers are dotted through the forest that you can climb to access the valley where the debris lies.

The families are just hearing the news that screams were heard in the cabin as passengers on board learned their fate.

The descent lasted eight minutes.

No family member has spoken to the media here today.

The families are arriving here from Spain and Germany. Victims' families were transported to the site either by plane or bus.

While the chief prosecutor has confirmed that the plane's copilot, 28-year-old German Andreas Lubitz, took a deliberate action to down the craft, it has not been described as suicide.

"To kill 149 people with you that is not suicide," a source told independent.ie at the scene.

Locals in the Le Vernet, the village closest to the crash site, told independent.ie that they saw the plane fly in but that it do so "calmly." Everything appeared normal except for the low altitude the plane was flying at.

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