The victims in the Germanwings plane crash included two renowned opera singers, a mother and son on vacation and three generations of one family -- a schoolgirl, her mother and grandmother. The names of the 150 victims of the Germanwings air crash in the French Alps have not been released, but local media reports have identified some of the passengers killed.
The girl, mother and grandmother killed in the plane crash were from a small town outside Barcelona, Spain. The girl attended Santa Isabel school in Sant Cugat and was about 10 years old. "The students are very affected. The teachers are trying to help them any way they can," said a woman who answered the phone at the school, according to the Associated Press.
A mother and son from Australia were also among the victims. Carol Friday, 68, and Greig Friday, 28, had been on vacation. Their family said they were "crippled with sadness" at their loss, according to Sky News. "They were both extraordinary and exceptional people who were loved by many, who they loved in return. They will forever be with us in our hearts, memories and dreams."
Martyn Matthews, 50, of Britain, had traveled on business to Barcelona and was on his way to a meeting in Germany. He is survived by his wife Sharon and children Jade, 20, and Nathan, 23. Marina Bandres, a Spanish national who lived in Manchester, was traveling on the plane with her baby.
There were 16 students and two teachers on the plane from a school in western Germany that had been returning from a weeklong exchange program near Barcelona. Head teacher Ulrich Wesse told reporters: "We sent them on a journey on what we thought would be happy occasion, on an exchange with the school who we have exchanged with for several years. When we first got the call we were still hopeful, thinking that perhaps they had missed the flight there were two different flights leaving Barcelona.... I have not quite internalized yet the gravity of what has happened, and a lot of the students here will still be deeply in shock and will not quite have processed yet what happened to their friends."
Opera singers Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak were on the plane after performing together. An Israeli citizen who had been living in Spain was also named among the dead. Eyal Baum, 39, lived in Barcelona with his wife. "He was amazing, with a winning smile. Whoever met him fell in love with him from the first moment," his sister told Israel's Army Radio. "The thought of what he went through in those moments is very difficult."
There were also passengers on board from the Netherlands, Turkey, Denmark and Kazakhstan. Two Colombian passengers have been named as Maria del Pilar Tejada and Luis Eduardo Medrano. Japan's Foreign Ministry confirmed two Japanese men were on board: Satoshi Nagata, in his 60s, and Junichi Sato, 42. Both had been living in Düsseldorf.
Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelman said Wednesday the airline was still in the process of reaching out to the victims' families. He said the Lufthansa Group plans to offer psychological help to survivors, and special flights were being arranged to take family members to the scene of the crash, according to the Telegraph.