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Plaque unveiled in Barcelona for Germanwings victims

Published 23/03/2016

Spain's acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy gives a speech at Barcelona's airport in memory of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash (AP)
Spain's acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy gives a speech at Barcelona's airport in memory of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash (AP)

A plaque has been unveiled at Barcelona's airport in memory of those killed when a Germanwings plane was flown into a mountain by its co-pilot while en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

Spain's acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy, regional Catalonian government president Carles Puigdemont and victim association representatives attended the ceremony outside Barcelona's Terminal 2 on the eve of the accident's first anniversary.

All 150 people aboard were killed in the crash on March 24 last year. Most of the victims were German or Spanish.

Families, rescuers and aviation officials are to attend an anniversary ceremony on Thursday in Le Vernet, France, close to where the plane crashed.

In a speech, Mr Rajoy highlighted the excellent co-operation between French, German and Spanish authorities in the days following the tragedy.

He said that investigations into the crash were helping bring about measures to avert similar tragedies, adding that the "best way to honour the victims is the commitment to preventing this type of tragedy happening again".

After the ceremony, wreaths were laid at the foot of the plaque.

The ceremony was attended by French and German embassy officials, members of the Association of Victims of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the Alps, and representatives of Spanish police forces and emergency services that helped victims' families after the crash.

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