2 Australians Killed in Germanwings Crash Have Been Identified
Update: The two Australians lost in Tuesday's Germanwings passenger plane crash have been identified as Victorian mother and son Carol and Greig Friday, aged 68 and 29 respectively. On Wednesday afternoon, their family released official statements, asking for privacy and expressing their devastation.
Carol was a loving mother of two, a devoted wife to her husband Dave, and a sister to three brothers. She celebrated her 68th birthday on March 23rd. Carol was a registered nurse and midwife and maternal and child health nurse, most recently working for the city of Casey. She was a talented artist and enjoyed spending time creating with her local art group. She loved to travel and has seen many of the world's greatest sites. Carol loved life! She enjoyed every minute with her family and friends.
Greig was to turn 30 on the 23rd of April. He was a loving son to Carol and Dave and an exceptional brother to his sister Alex. He was adored by all of his family and friends. Greig was a mechanical engineer who studied at Monash University and had since worked for Jacobs Engineering as an acoustic engineer. He also loved to travel and had just completed a course for teaching English as a foreign language, he was hoping to do in France in the coming year. Greig was a man who loved others and life with a full heart! Carol and Greig were enjoying a few weeks holiday together at the start of his European stay.
They were both extraordinary and exceptional people who were loved by many, who loved them in return. They will forever be with us in our hearts, memories and dreams.
— Matt Tinney (@Matt_Tinney) March 25, 2015
A Lufthansa-owned Airbus A320 has crashed overnight, killing all 150 passengers and crew on board. The aeroplane went down over the French Alps, during a routine flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany. At approximately 10:30 a.m. local time, contact with the plane was lost — at 10:47 a.m., a mayday was released by traffic controllers in an effort to establish connection; at 10:53 a.m all signal with the plane was lost. The black box has been located in amongst the wreckage and reports from the crash site say that the plane essentially disintegrated on impact. According to the flight data obtained by traffic control, the plane started a rapid descent about one minute after it reached its cruising altitude, falling for eight minutes before coming to rest on the steep mountainside.
Among the dead are 16 German schoolchildren, as well as two Australians — a Victorian mother and her adult son. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed the news this morning in a press conference, saying, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims." There is no clear cause for the incident, though authorities are ruling it an accident at this point. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.