The remains of an Israeli man who died when the copilot of a Germanwings airliner deliberately crashed the plane are to be returned to Israel for burial, two and half months after the tragedy that killed another 149 people.
Eyal Baum’s remains will be flown overnight Tuesday to Israel, the Hebrew-language Ynet website reported.
The funeral was scheduled for Thursday at 11.00 in the Kfar Saba cemetery.
Baum’s brother, Ronnie, explained that identifying the victims via DNA was a long process.
“A month ago, they notified us that they had started the identification of DNA remains for those killed in the flight that crashed into the French Alps,” Baum said. “The company decided to check all the remains they have in one place, and that is why they waited until now. Yesterday, they notified us that Eyal is on the way to Israel and since then things have kicked into gear.”
Baum said the notification that his brother was a victim of the crash was sent to the family back in March, shortly after the incident.
“Now is the hard part, because…now Eyal will arrive and there will be a funeral ceremony,” he explained. “If until now we could put off absorbing the news, now we can’t escape it, because the death has become something certain.”
“There is a little comfort in that at least now there is a [resting] place to go to,” Baum’s mother, Yafa, added.
The Germanwings budget airline is owned by German carrier Lufthansa.
Baum, 39, from Hod Hasharon was the only Israeli on board the flight that crashed March 24 on the way to Dusseldorf, Germany, from Barcelona, Spain.
The Germanwings Airbus 320 crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people on board.
A probe into the crash confirmed initial suspicions that co-pilot, 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz deliberately brought the plane down.