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Germanwings crash: families of victims join together near crash site

Germanwings crash: families of victims join together near crash site
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Relatives of those on-board the Germanwings flight which crashed in the French Alps have gathered together in Le Vernet.

It is the closest inhabited area to the mountains where their loved ones were killed on Tuesday.

They arrived as investigators revealed details about the co-pilot’s fatal actions in the lead up to the crash.

The families stood together near a line of national flags, representing the many countries in mourning.

Seventy-two Germans and 50 Spanish nationals were onboard the Airbus A320.

There were also passengers from the US, Morocco, Argentina, Australia and Japan, among other countries.

For those relatives visiting Le Vernet, chapels were prepared for them, with a view of the mountains where the plane went down.

“This day is without doubt one of the most difficult for the families,” said euronews correspondent Laurence Alexandrowicz, “because they have come very near to the mountain where their loved ones were killed. A day also marked by the announcement that the co-pilot appears to have deliberately brought the plane down.”

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