Germanwings Crashes in French Alps, Turks Among 150 Dead
An Airbus operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote snowy area of the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 on board, with a Turkish passenger reportedly among the dead.
Germanwings confirmed flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed with 144 passengers and six crew on board. French President François Hollande said German, Spanish and “probably” Turkish passengers were among the victims.
“I know there are other victims — notably Turk and German,” Hollande said in his remarks alongside King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain in Paris on Tuesday afternoon. Felipe also expressed his condolences to Turkish authorities, according to news reports circulating in the Turkish media.
According to the Doğan news agency, the Catalan 3/24 news station reported that 39 passengers out of the 150 were Turkish. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu denied claims that there were 39 Turkish passengers on the plane, noting that there was only one ethnic Turkish person, a former a Turkish national, 50-year-old Muradiye Lohman. Her maiden surname was Çelik.
Çavuşoğlu said the flight manifest had been checked and that they suspect that a passenger named Yasmin might be Turkish, but it is yet to be confirmed.