Remembering Those Lost on Germanwings Flight 4U9525
By: Legacy Staff
3 years ago
On March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 4U9525 crashed in the Alps of France, killing all aboard.
En route from Barcelona, Spain, to Duesseldorf, Germany, the flight was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members, from 18 countries around the world.
A stunned German town mourned 16 students who went down aboard Germanwings Flight 9525 on their way home Tuesday from a Spanish exchange, while the opera world grieved for two singers who were returning from a performance in Barcelona – one of them with her baby.
In the immediate aftermath, the people of nearby town Seyne-les-Alpes opened their homes to the families of the victims, according to CNN.
An investigation later concluded that the co-pilot, reportedly suffering from depression, deliberately crashed the airplane after locking the pilot out of the cockpit.
"We at Lufthansa are speechless..." said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings.
Mother and daughter Yvonne Selke and Emily Selke of Nokesville, Virginia, were two of the three Americans on board.
British victims included student Paul Andrew Bramley from Hull, Wolverhampton native Martyn Matthews, and Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio and her 7-month-old son, Julian Pracz-Bandres. On board from Australia were mother and son Carol Friday and Greig Friday who were vacationing in Europe together.
Iranian sports journalists Milad Eslami and Hossein Javadi, who both died in the crash, had been in Spain to cover a game between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Colombia also lost two in the tragedy: 36-year-old architect Luis Eduardo Medrano and 33-year-old economist María del Pilar Tejada.
Opera singing duo Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner were among the victims of the crash. Christoph Meyer, director of the famed Spanish opera house, paid tribute to the talented performers, who had both participated in Siegfried in the roles of Alberich and Erda, admitting that he was "stunned" by the tragedy.