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It's taken more than two months for the bodies of Germanwings crash victims to get home

A special flight operated by Lufthansa carried the remains of 44 Germans, among the 150 onboard when the jet crashed.

Image: AP/Press Association Images

THE FIRST BODIES from the Germanwings plane that was deliberately crashed in the French Alps were repatriated to Germany last night.

A special flight operated by Lufthansa carried the remains of 44 Germans, among the 150 onboard when the jet crashed on March 24, from the southern French city of Marseille to Duesseldorf in western Germany.

The coffins were loaded into the Lufthansa MD-11 cargo plane as rain fell at Marseille’s Marignane airport and the flight landed in Germany shortly after 8.30pm, a spokesman for the airline said.

Lufthansa is the parent company of budget airline Germanwings.

A total of 72 Germans had been onboard the doomed Airbus A320, which was heading from Barcelona to Duesseldorf when it crashed in the French Alps.

France Germany Plane Crash Coffins are loaded into the cargo plane. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Brice Robin, the French prosecutor who is leading the investigation into the crash, is due to meet Thursday with relatives of some of the other victims to discuss the identification and repatriation of remains.

Last week the families of some of the 16 teenage victims from the same German high school angrily complained to Lufthansa after they were told the repatriation would be delayed due to problems with the issuing of death certificates. Lufthansa later said the flight would go ahead as initially planned.

The teenagers, from the northwest German town of Haltern, had been flying back from an exchange trip to Spain.

“After this first special flight to Duesseldorf, the other victims will be gradually transferred to their home countries in the coming weeks,” Lufthansa said.

Investigators last month finished identifying the remains of all 150 people aboard GermanwingsFlight 4U 9525.

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