Israeli citizen among 150 dead in German flight’s crash over French Alps

A Germanwings airplane. An Israeli man may have been aboard the Germanwings plane that crashed over the French Alps. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Barcelona to Duesseldorf flight of the Germanwings airline—an offshoot of the German carrier Lufthansa—crashed Tuesday over the French Alps, with no survivors. The Israeli Foreign Ministry subsequently confirmed that an Israeli citizen, 39-year-old businessman and Barcelona resident Eyal Baum, was among the 150 passengers who died.

Baum's brother-in-law Eran told reporters, "At the moment we are coming together with one another, at home, in front of the news and are trying to stay updated with any piece of information that would make it possible to believe this isn't happening."

Other victims of the crash reportedly included two babies, two opera singers, and 16 German high school students who were returning from a class trip to Spain. The prosecutor for the French city of Marseille, Bruce Robin, told Reuters, "We saw an aircraft that had literally been ripped apart, the bodies are in a state of destruction, there is not one intact piece of wing or fuselage."

Posted on March 24, 2015 .