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Alps crash identification by 'end of the week'

All 150 victims of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps could be identified by the end of the week.

Earlier today, the head of the criminal research institute at France's National Gendarmerie was reported as saying that DNA identification of the victims would take two to four months.

But at a news conference in Berlin, French president Francois Hollande said: "The French interior minister confirmed that by the end of the week at the latest it will be possible to identify all of the victims thanks to DNA samples."

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Mother and baby confirmed as vicitms of French Alp crash

It has been confirmed a mother from Manchester and her seven-month-old baby boy were killed in the plane crash in the French Alps.

Marina Bandres was from Spain but had been living in Manchester. She was one of 150 passengers and crew who died in the crash - the cause of which is still unexplained.

'Kind, caring & affectionate': tributes to crash victim

A woman killed in the French Alps air crash has been described as "kind, caring and affectionate" by a friend.

Marina Bandres from Manchester was on the flight with her baby son when it crashed into the French Alps.

Ricky Wong knew Marina through the film industry where they both worked.

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FCO confirm death of mother and baby in Alps crash

The Foreign Office have confirmed that a mother and her baby son living in Manchester have died in the Alps air crash.

Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio, who was on the flight with her baby son Julian, aged just seven months. Credit: ITV News

In a statement released by the FCO, Pawel Pracz, wife of Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio, aged 37,and father of Julian Pracz-Bandres, aged seven months, said:

My wife Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio and our son Julian Pracz-Bandres were on-board the plane that crashed in the Alps yesterday. We have been living in Manchester for 7 years.

Marina was an editor and colourist, and we were both working in post-production for film and video. Marina was visiting her family in Spain for her uncle’s funeral, she bought the tickets at the last moment, and decided to return to Manchester quickly as she wanted to return to her daily routine as soon as possible. I'm with my closest family in Manchester, and in close contact with our family in Spain at this very difficult time. We are devastated and would like to request that we be allowed to grieve in peace as a family without intrusion at this difficult time.

– Pawel Pracz

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Friend pays tribute to woman killed in Alps air disaster

Tributes have been paid to a woman believed to be among the British victims of the Alps air disaster.

Marina Bandres from Manchester was reportedly on the flight with her baby son when it crashed into the French Alps.

Marina Bandres

Her friend Benjamin Massey paid tribute to her.

Marina was an incredibly talented woman and one of the nicest people I knew. She would always go above and beyond to help her friends and was a wonderful person.

Thoughts are with her family at this terrible time.

– Benjamin Massey

Mother and baby 'killed in French Alps plane crash'

A mother and baby from Manchester are among the 144 passengers believed to have been killed in the Germanwings plane crash.

Marina Bandres had reportedly returned to her family home in Jaca in the Pyrenees to attend the funeral of an uncle.

Marina Bandres Credit: Twitter

The Mayor of Jaca Victor Barrio said he did not know if Ms Bandres' husband was on the flight with her and son Julian, who was seven or eight months old.

It's believed Ms Bandres was among 144 passengers and six crew who died when the Airbus A320, operated by the Lufthansa-owned low-fare carrier Germanwings crashed yesterday on a flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

Manchester mother feared dead in Alps plane crash

Manchester mother and baby feared to be victim of place crash. Credit: ITV

A mother and her seven-month-old baby from Greater Manchester are feared to be have been on the Germanwings plane crash.

Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio and her child are thought to have been among the 150 passengers who died.

The 37-year-old is understood to have been from Spain but living in Manchester.

It's believed Ms Lopez-Belio also lived in Fallowfield and Rochdale since arriving in the UK. It is not yet known if her husband was on the flight with her.