(dailymail.co.uk) – The three British victims of the Alps air crash have been named as a father-of-two, a student studying abroad and a seven-month-old baby.
Martyn Matthews was on a business trip, Paul Andrew Bramley had been to Barcelona after completing his first term of college, and little Julian Pracz-Bandres had been to his mother’s native Spain.
All three died when the Germanwings Airbus A320 they were travelling on yesterday crashed into the French mountain range, killing 150 passengers and crew.
Originally from Hull, Mr Bramley was studying hospitality and hotel management in Lucerne, Switzerland, where he was about to start an internship.
The 28-year-old had just finished his first year at the college and had taken a few days holiday with friends in Barcelona before flying back to the UK via Dusseldorf to see his family.
His mother Carol said today: ‘Paul was a kind, caring and loving son. He was the best son, he was my world.’ His father, Philip, who lives in Hull, said they are both deeply shocked and will miss him.
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Father-of-two Martyn Matthews, of Wolverhampton, West Midlands, was flying back from a business trip and took an indirect flight so he could return to his family as quickly as posiible
His 82-year-old mother, Iris, said today: ‘This has been a terrible shock. I am numb.
‘Martyn was a lovely family man. He loved his work and travelled extensively for them. I don’t want to say any more. It’s too hard.’
Mr Matthews, who worked for German electronics firm HUF UK in Tipton, West Midlands, leaves a wife Sharon, 48, and two children, Jade, 20, and Nathan, 23.
Mr Matthews worked as a quality manager and had attended a one-day meeting with suppliers in Barcelona before boarding the flight.
His company makes top-of-the-range door handles and mechanical locking systems for cars, including Land Rover, Mercedes, BMW and Volvo.
HUF Group spokeswoman Ute Hoppe said: ‘Martyn had worked at the company for quite some time and travelled across Europe a lot for the job.
‘On this occasion he had attended a one-day meeting with Barcelona on Monday and was on his way home.
‘There were no direct flights to Birmingham from Barcelona, so the company booked him on the Germanwings flight to Dusseldorf.
‘From there he was going to fly to Birmingham. He should have been him with his family on Tuesday night. He was keen to get back to his family, so it was not a long trip, just a standard business trip.
‘We routinely book our staff on the quickest flights home. We are all very saddened by what has happened.
‘We all feel utterly devastated by what has happened. Everyone in the company is shocked and saddened.’
It is understood Mrs Matthews runs a local children’s fitness club and organises community activities.
In a statement, the family said: ‘We are devastated at the news of this tragic incident and request that we are allowed to deal with this terrible news without intrusion at this difficult time.’