Germanwings plane crash: Family of British victim Paul Andrew Bramley speak of sorrow

The 28-year-old's mother described him as 'the best son, he was my world'

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The family of a British victim on board the crashed Germanwings plane have spoken of their devastation at losing a “kind, caring and loving son”.

Paul Andrew Bramley, 28, had been on holiday with friends in Barcelona and boarded flight 4U9525 on his way to the UK via Dusseldorf.

His family were gathering to meet him on Tuesday but he never arrived, becoming one of the 150 people killed when the Airbus A320 ploughed into a mountainside in the French Alps.

Originally from Hull, Mr Bramley had just completed his first year studying hospitality and hotel management at Ceasar Ritz College in Lucerne, Switzerland, and was about to start an internship on 1 April.

His mother, Carol, had journeyed to the UK from her home in Majorca to meet him.

“Paul was a kind, caring and loving son.  He was the best son, he was my world,” she said.

His father, Philip Bramley, who lives in Hull, said they are both deeply shocked and will miss him.

Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio lived in Rochdale with her husband and their baby son

Martyn Matthews, a father of two from Wolverhampton, has been named as another of the British victims.

The 50-year-old was reportedly on business in Barcelona and was travelling to a meeting in Germany when the disaster happened.

Speaking today, his 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.”

Martyn Matthews with his daughter Jade, wife Sharon and son, Nathan

Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio, a 37-year-old Spanish national who lived in Rochdale, was on the plane with her seven-month-old son Julian Pracz-Bandres.

The baby is believed to the third British national who died in yesterday’s disaster.

Among the 150 people killed were 72 German citizens, 35 Spanish and passengers from Australia, Argentina, Iran, Venezuela, the US, the Netherlands, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Denmark, Belgium and Israel.

Flight 4U9525 was less than an hour from its destination of Dusseldorf on its journey from Barcelona when it unexpectedly went into a descent for up to 18 minutes yesterday morning.

The pilots did not send out a distress call and lost radio contact with their control centre at around 10.50am local time (9.50am GMT), France's aviation authority said.

One of the plane’s two black boxes has been recovered and investigators have not ruled any causes out as inquiries continue.