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Emotional appeal after air crash

The father of a British victim of the Germanwings air disaster has made an emotional appeal for the 150 dead not to be forgotten and demanded airlines be more "transparent".

Philip Bramley, whose son Paul, 28, was one of the three Britons on board the Dusseldorf-bound Airbus A320 when it crashed in the French Alps, said co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was "ill" and his motivation for bringing it down was "irrelevant".

Fighting back tears in Digne, close to where the flight came down on Tuesday, Mr Bramley told Sky News: "What is relevant, is that it should never happen again; my son and everyone on that plane should not be forgotten, ever. I don't want it to be forgotten, ever."

He added: "I believe the airlines should be more transparent and our finest pilots looked after properly. We put our lives and our children's lives in their hands. I want to see this cloud over this town lifted and the natural beauty be restored and not to be remembered by the action of a single person."

A special Mass was held today in Dignes to honour the victims and support their families.

Bishop Jean-Philippe Nault led the Mass, attended by about 200 people from the surrounding region, deeply shaken by the crash. It was the deadliest crash on French soil in decades.

Questions continue to be asked about Lubitz's mental and physical health days after he locked the captain out of the Airbus' cockpit and bringing down the airliner.

The New York Times today cited unnamed German sources as saying that he may also have been receiving treatment for an unspecified vision problem that could have affected his ability to carry on working as a pilot.

Authorities have already revealed he hid a sick note declaring him unfit to work on the day of the disaster.

German newspaper Bild has reported that he previously told an ex-girlfriend: "One day I will do something that will change the whole system, and then all will know my name and remember it."

Paul Bramley, originally from Hull, was studying hotel management in Lucerne, Switzerland and was returning from a short holiday in Barcelona on the Lufthansa subsidiary's flight.

Also among the dead were seven-month-old Julian Pracz-Bandres, from Manchester, who was killed with his mother Marina Bandres Lopez Belio, 37, originally from Spain.

Another of the Britons to die was senior quality manager Martyn Matthews, 50, from Wolverhampton, who worked at Tipton in the West Midlands.

A special Mass was being held today in the nearby town of Digne-les-Bains to honor the victims and support their families.

Bishop Jean-Philippe Nault led the Mass, attended by about 200 people from the surrounding region, deeply shaken by the crash. It was the deadliest crash on French soil in decades.

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