The UK’s foreign secretary has confirmed that three Britons died in Tuesday’s Germanwings aeroplane crash in the French Alps. The three were among the 150 passengers and crew who perished when the Airbus A320 ploughed into the side of a peak north of Nice.
Foreign secretary Philip Hammond told reporters yesterday that three Britons were known to be among the victims. He added that the Foreign Office was trying to ascertain whether there were other UK nationals on board the aircraft when it departed from Barcelona for the journey to Dusseldorf.
Mr Hammond also stated that he was saddened by the tragedy and wished to offer his deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victim. Prime-minister David Cameron echoed the sentiments of Mr Hammond and confirmed the Foreign Office was trying to verify whether there were any other British victims.
The Foreign Office has named two of the victims as Wolverhampton businessman Martyn Matthews, 50, and 28-year-old Paul Andrew Bramley from Hull. Mr Bramley was a first-year hospitality student on a course in the Swiss city of Lucerne. He had taken a short holiday in Barcelona and was making his way back to the UK.
Although the victims hailed from 15 different nations, most of the people who died in the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash were from Spain and Germany. The victims included a party of 16 students and two teachers from a Haltern school and opera-singer Maria Radner, her husband and young son.