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Bodies of 15 children killed in Germanwings crash to be returned home for burials

  • A cargo aircraft, top, with remains of several people who died in the Germanwings plane crash in France lands at the airport in Dusseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. 150 people died in the plane crash on March 24. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    A cargo aircraft, top, with remains of several people who died in the Germanwings plane crash in France lands at the airport in Dusseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. 150 people died in the plane crash on March 24. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

  • A painting is put up in a terminal of the airport commemorating the people who died in the Germanwings plane crash in France in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. 150 people died in the plane crash on March 24. AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    A painting is put up in a terminal of the airport commemorating the people who died in the Germanwings plane crash in France in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. 150 people died in the plane crash on March 24. AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

  • A painting is put up in a terminal of the airport commemorating the people who died in the Germanwings plane crash in France in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. 150 people died in the plane crash on March 24. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    A painting is put up in a terminal of the airport commemorating the people who died in the Germanwings plane crash in France in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. 150 people died in the plane crash on March 24. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

The coffins of 15 of the 16 high school students killed in the Germanwings plane crash are to leave Duesseldorf airport in a hearse convoy accompanied by a police motorcade back to the town of Haltern, where the children came from.

Police said the convoy is expected to arrive in Haltern in western Germany around 3 p.m. (1300GMT) on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, the families of the victims will attend a short ceremony at a hangar at Duesseldorf airport, where the coffins are laid out.

After more than two months, Lufthansa on Tuesday night brought to Duesseldorf 44 bodies of the 150 people killed when a Germanwings plane smashed into the French Alps in March.