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11 weeks after Germanwings crash, remains of victims begin returning home from France

  • FILE - In this March 26, 2015 file photo, rescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. Dozens of relatives of victims of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps are awaiting the return of remains of their loved ones, roughly 2-1/2 months after the disaster killed all 150 people on board. In the first repatriation yet, a total of 44 coffins were expected to be flown Tuesday from Marseille, France, to Duesseldorf, Germany. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)

    FILE - In this March 26, 2015 file photo, rescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. Dozens of relatives of victims of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps are awaiting the return of remains of their loved ones, roughly 2-1/2 months after the disaster killed all 150 people on board. In the first repatriation yet, a total of 44 coffins were expected to be flown Tuesday from Marseille, France, to Duesseldorf, Germany. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday March 26, 2015 file photo a rescue worker is lifted into a helicopter at the crash site near near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. Dozens of relatives of victims of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps are awaiting the return of remains of their loved ones, roughly 2-1/2 months after the disaster killed all 150 people on board. In the first repatriation yet, a total of 44 coffins were expected to be flown Tuesday from Marseille, France, to Duesseldorf, Germany. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday March 26, 2015 file photo a rescue worker is lifted into a helicopter at the crash site near near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. Dozens of relatives of victims of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps are awaiting the return of remains of their loved ones, roughly 2-1/2 months after the disaster killed all 150 people on board. In the first repatriation yet, a total of 44 coffins were expected to be flown Tuesday from Marseille, France, to Duesseldorf, Germany. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Coffins of  the victims of the Germanwings aircraft crash arrive to load aboard a Lufthansa plane to Duesseldorf, at Marseille airport, southeastern France, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. After months of waiting, families of the 150 people killed when a Germanwings plane smashed into the French Alps in March will finally start burying their loved ones as the airline's parent company begins sending home victims' remains. Lufthansa prepared Tuesday to ferry coffins with remains of 44 victims by cargo plane from Marseille, France, to Duesseldorf, Germany, where Germanwings flight 9525 from Barcelona was supposed to land March 24. Instead, authorities say, the co-pilot purposely slammed the plane into a mountainside. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Coffins of the victims of the Germanwings aircraft crash arrive to load aboard a Lufthansa plane to Duesseldorf, at Marseille airport, southeastern France, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. After months of waiting, families of the 150 people killed when a Germanwings plane smashed into the French Alps in March will finally start burying their loved ones as the airline's parent company begins sending home victims' remains. Lufthansa prepared Tuesday to ferry coffins with remains of 44 victims by cargo plane from Marseille, France, to Duesseldorf, Germany, where Germanwings flight 9525 from Barcelona was supposed to land March 24. Instead, authorities say, the co-pilot purposely slammed the plane into a mountainside. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of relatives of victims of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps are awaiting the return of remains of their loved ones, roughly 2-1/2 months after the disaster killed all 150 people on board.

A total of 44 coffins were expected to be flown Tuesday from Marseille, France, to Duesseldorf, Germany. Germanwings' parent Lufthansa has said other remains will be repatriated by month's end.

Elmar Giemulla, a lawyer for families of 34 victims, said many relatives "don't want to realize that their children are dead. It will be brutal when they see the coffins tomorrow, but it is necessary, because they need closure."

Investigators believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who had a history of depression, intentionally crashed the A320 flying March 24 from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf.