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Audio file extracted from debris of Germanwings aircraft

Investigators working to establish the cause of the Alps air crash say they have managed to extract a usable audio file from the black box of the Germanwings aircraft.

Remi Jouty, director of France's BEA air incident investigator said evaluating the information would take several days.

We just have been able to extract a useable audio data file. Detailed work will be carried on the file to interpret the voices and sounds that can be heard on the file.

– Remi Jouty

He also said that air traffic control tried to make contact with the plane when they noticed the descent but failed to do so. The last message transmitted to air traffic control was a routine message and did not give any indication of distress.


Wolverhampton family 'devastated' by loss in air crash

Martyn Matthews' family have asked to be allowed to mourn without intrusion Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The family of a Wolverhampton man killed in the Germanwings air disaster say they are "devastated" by their loss.

Martyn Matthews, 50, was a passenger on Flight 4U9525, the Airbus 320 aeroplane which crashed in the French Alps on 24 March.

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.”

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Family of Martyn Matthews 'devastated' by his loss

The family of a Wolverhampton father-of-two who died in the Alps air disaster have said spoken of their devastation at his death.

Martyn Matthews, 50, with his family. Credit: Family handout.

Matthews, 50, a Senior Quality Manager, was described by a friend as being "totally family-orientated". In a statement issued through the Foreign Office, 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.

– Family statement
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Martyn Matthews 'lovely, family orientated man'

A neighbour and former colleague of Martyn Matthews has told ITV News that he was "a lovely man".

Margaret Goodyear worked with him at Huf UK, a German manufacturer of car components, based in Wolverhampton. She said:

He was totally family-orientated and at the company he worked for, he will be very sorely missed.

His family was his world. They will be completely devastated. I just don't know what they're going to do.

– Margaret Goodyear
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Wolverhampton man among Alps air crash victims

Search teams are continuing to scour the crash scene Credit: Reuters

A Wolverhampton father-of-two has been named among the British victims of the Alps air disaster.

Businessman Martyn Matthews, 50, is thought to have been travelling to Germany for a business meeting.

Mr Matthews worked for automotive manufacturer Huf, which has a factory in Dusseldorf.

A spokeswoman for the company's site in Tipton, near Dudley, declined to issue any statement in tribute to Mr Matthews out of respect for his family.

The Foreign Office has not confirmed the names of three British nationals who were on board the Germanwings flight.


French flag flies at half-mast to mark week since terror attacks

The French flag will fly at half-mast above Leicester Town Hall to mark a week since the start of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Two of the Paris gunmen are shown on footage of the attack Credit: Amateur footage

Seventeen people were killed in the attacks, including twelve at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

A book of condolence has been opened at Leicester City Council in memory of those who died.

Gathering in Leicester for victims of Paris shootings

A gathering will be held at Leicester's Clock Tower this afternoon to remember victims of terrorist attacks in France earlier this week.

17 people died in two separate attacks, on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and a Jewish supermarket.

"We must stand for our right to free expression or we will lose that right."

– Gush Bhumbra, president of Leicester Secular Society

The gathering will begin at two o'clock - an hour after the start of a march in Paris in which up to a million people are expected to take part, and which will be attended by Prime Minister David Cameron and many other world leaders.

March organised in Birmingham for Paris shooting victims

The French community in Birmingham are holding a march in the city to coincide with a march in their native country.

It is to show support to France and its citizens following the Paris shootings.

More than 25,000 people demonstrated on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice yesterday in support of Charlie Hebdo and the other victims of the terrorist attacks in France Credit: ShootPix/ABACAPRESS.COM/PA

It will take place at around 2pm from the Library of Birmingham, before the march heads towards Victoria Square and New Street.

Earlier this week French citizens held a vigil in the city centre to remember the victims of the terrorist shootings.

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