At least three Britons killed in Alps crash

25th March 2015, Comments 0 comments

A mother and her baby, a student and a father-of-two from Britain were among 150 people killed when a German airliner crashed in the French Alps, British officials said Wednesday.

Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio, a 37-year-old Spanish woman living in England, was killed with her seven-month-old son Julian Pracz Bandres, a British national, when the Germanwings Airbus A320 went down on Tuesday.

In a statement issued through the Foreign Office, her husband Pawel Pracz said he was "devastated" at the loss of his son and wife, who had been attending a funeral in Spain.

"Marina was visiting her family in Spain for her uncle's funeral, she bought the tickets at the last moment, and decided to return to Manchester quickly as she wanted to return to her daily routine as soon as possible," he said.

The couple both worked in post-production for film and video.

Another victim, Paul Andrew Bramley, 28, had just finished his first year studying hospitality and hotel management in the Swiss city of Lucerne.

He had been on holiday in Barcelona with friends and was flying back to Britain via Dusseldorf to see his family.

Another British victim was named as 50-year-old Martyn Matthews. His wife Sharon, daughter Jade and son Nathan said they were "devastated" and asked for privacy to cope with their loss.

Prime Minister David Cameron offered his "deepest condolences" to those who had lost loved ones in the crash.

"It is heart-breaking to hear about the schoolchildren, the babies, the families whose lives have been brought to an end," he told the House of Commons.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned there may still be more British victims.


© 2015 AFP

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