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Alps ski death boy named locally as Carwyn Scott-Howell

A seven-year-old boy who fell to his death while skiing in the French Alps has been named locally as Carwyn Scott-Howell, from the village of Talybont-on-Usk, near Brecon.

He is believed to have asked to ski alone on the final run of the day on the slopes in the resort of Flaine.

His body was spotted off his expected course by rescuers in a helicopter in the early evening.

The Foreign Office has confirmed the death of a British national in Flaine on Friday.


British boy reportedly became lost in French Alps

A seven-year-old boy has reportedly died in a skiing accident in the French Alps. Credit: PA

A seven-year-old boy who died while on a skiing holiday in the French Alps on Friday reportedly became separated from his family and ended up off-piste.

Michel Ollagnon, an officer with the Bonneville mountain rescue service, told reporters that the boy fell off a rocky outcrop after apparently losing his way.

Mr Ollagnon said the boy was skiing with his mother, brother and sister, and had asked to ski alone for his last descent of the day.

His body was spotted at the foot of the cliff by an emergency services helicopter in the early evening.

'Seven-year-old British boy' dies skiing in France

The Foreign Office confirmed the death of a British national in Flaine, France. Credit: Google Maps

A seven-year-old British boy has reportedly died while skiing in the French Alps.

The boy reportedly became separated from his family as they skied in the resort of Flaine on Friday afternoon.

We can confirm the death of a British national in Flaine, France, on April 10. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.

– Foreign Office spokesperson

Lufthansa 'under no obligation' to report Lubitz's condition

Lufthansa has indicated that it was under no obligation to report the fact that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has suffered from depression to Germany's national aviation authority.

Yesterday German newspaper Welt am Sonntag quoted the Federal Aviation Office as saying that it was not informed about Lubitz's previous depression before Flight 4U 9525 crashed.

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz suffered from depression seceral years ago. Credit: Reuters

Lufthansa said in a statement today that, under a regulation that came into effect in April 2013, there are different rules on informing the aviation office about "certain medical issues".

It added, however, that a provision in the regulation "safeguards the position of certain pre-existing certificates of airworthiness for pilots and certificates of medical aviation medical experts" and that doctors can continue to issue extensions to such documents.


Germanwings pilot 'accelerated repeatedly'

A second black box recovered from the Germanwings crash site yesterday has revealed that copilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately increased the plane's speed several times in the minutes before the crash.

Investigators believe once the pilot was locked out of the cockpit Lubitz accelerated repeatedly as he set the plane to automatic and began its final descent.

ITV News correspondent Richard Pallot has the latest report:

Second black box also suggests Alps crash was deliberate

France BEA's aviation investigators said a second black box recovered from the Germanwings crash site indicated that the copilot deliberately crashed the airplane.

"A first reading shows that the pilot in the cockpit used the automatic pilot to put the airplane on a descent towards an altitude of 100 feet," the BEA investigation office said in a statement.

"Then several times the pilot modified the automatic pilot settings to increase the speed of the airplane as it descended," it added.

Audio evidence from the first black box appeared to suggest that the captain was deliberately locked out of the cockpit by the co-pilot, who then deliberately took the plane into a descent.

Survivors sue French media for revealing hiding place in deli attack

Six people who hid themselves in a fridge during an attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris are to sue French media for broadcasting their location during the attack, reports Agence France-Presse.

Bullet holes on the window at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket where four Jewish men were killed. Credit: Reuters

Images broadcast from the scene on 9th January, "lacked the most basic precautions" and endangered those still alive inside, said a lawyer representing the group, Patrick Klugman.

Gunman Amedy Coulibaly stormed into the Hyper Cacher Jewish supermarket killing four and taking others hostage during the attack which followed the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Klugman specifically mentioned news channel BFMTV, which revealed live on air that the group, which included two children, was hiding from Coulibaly in the cold room.

'Reasonable hope' second Germanwings black box can be useful

The French prosecutor has said there is "reasonable hope" that the second black box recovered from the wreckage of the crashed Germanwings plane can be useful, despite the damage it suffered.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin added that 150 sets of DNA had been found at the crash site in the Alps - the same number people on board the Airbus, which came down last week, though he stressed that did not necessarily mean all the victims had been found.

Families will be informed every time a DNA is matched to a victim, he said.

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