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Horror as 16 German school pupils from the same class all die on board doomed Germanwings flight – but they nearly missed it when one student forgot their passport

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  • Conditions suggest ‘there are no survivors’ French president has said
  • 16 German teenagers had been on a week-long exchange in Barcelona
  • Year 10 pupils are were all members of the same Spanish language class
  • They all attended Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium school in Haltern-am-See
  • Students have laid flowers this afternoon at the school near Dusseldorf
  • Mass held in Llinars del Valles near Barcelona where they were staying 
  • Pupils almost missed flight when one left her passport at host’s house
  • But Spanish family drove her directly to airport so as not to delay flight
  • Images emerge of two leading opera singers who died on doomed flight
  • Opera house confirms that Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak were on board
Tragic: In emotional scenes in Haltern-am-See this afternoon, schoolmates of those killed in the air disaster were seen comforting one another and embracing and they laid flowers at the school gates

Tragic: In emotional scenes in Haltern-am-See this afternoon, schoolmates of those killed in the air disaster were seen comforting one another and embracing and they laid flowers at the school gates

 

German hearts weep for the 16 school pupils and two teachers who perished when Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps today – killing all 150 people aboard.

The students who are all understood to be in their teens were pupils at the English-speaking Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium in Haltern-am-See, near Dusseldorf.

The Year 10 pupils were returning home from a week-long exchange programme in Barcelona when the plane went down in a remote region of the French Alps.

Their heartbroken classmates and locals have been lighting candles at their school, while an emotional mass is held in the Spanish town they stayed in.

This afternoon it emerged that the pupils almost missed the doomed flight when one of the students left her passport behind.

But in a tragic twist her host family offered to race the girl and all her travel documents to the airport directly, allowing them to make the flight in time.

The heart-breaking revelation comes as two leading opera singers Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak are identified by an opera house in Dusseldorf as victims of the plane crash.

Meanwhile, members of the Lower Chamber of Spain’s parliament observed a minute’s silence for the victims of the tragedy.

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