Toll of Spaniards dead in air crash revised down to 50

26th March 2015, Comments 1 comment

Spain's government on Thursday revised down the toll of Spaniards killed in the air crash in the French Alps from 51 to 50.

"There are 50 victims with Spanish nationality and one victim who has lived for more than 20 years in Spain," junior security minister Francisco Martinez told a news conference.

He had on Wednesday announced there were 51 Spaniards among the 150 people on board but said that figure had included the long-term resident who was later found not to have Spanish nationality.

The victim's own family had mistakenly stated that he had Spanish nationality, Martinez said, adding that the family would ill be "attended to with the same affection" as the others bereaved in the crash.

Speaking alongside Martinez, junior parliamentary relations minister Luis Ayllon declined to comment on reports that one of the pilots on the Germanwings flight was outside the cockpit when the plane crashed.

Spain has sent a team of police forensics experts to France to help identify the bodies, Martinez added, speaking after a meeting of the Spanish government's crisis committee on the disaster.

A Lufthansa flight took about 60 relatives of the victims from Barcelona to France on Thursday to visit the scene of the disaster.

© 2015 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • phil posted:

    on 27th March 2015, 00:09:57 - Reply

    Another case of small pecker rage. You see, someone has to be that angry to want to take so many others along for the ride to the grave. Of course, that theory will never make the news.