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Alps air crash: a father's plea

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 01:04

The father of British man killed in the suspected downing of a passenger jet in the Alps by its co-pilot urges airlines to look after staff properly. Paul Chapman reports.

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Relatives of some of those killed in the Germanwings plane crash in the Alps visit a memorial near the scene in the village of Le Vernet. They're thought to be the families of British and Iranian passengers among the 150 who perished. The co-pilot is suspected of deliberately crashing the plane after locking the captain out of the cockpit. The father of British passenger Paul Bramley says airlines should take care of their pilots. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PHILIP BRAMLEY, FATHER OF BRITISH CRASH VICTIM PAUL BRAMLEY, SAYING: "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 the cloud over this town lifted and natural beauty restored, and not be be remembered by actions of a single person." Earlier residents of Le Vernet held their own memorial service for the victims. German authorities say torn-up sick notes have been found showing the co-pilot was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy.

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Alps air crash: a father's plea

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 01:04