Bodies of 15 children killed in Germanwings crash come home
Employees load coffins of the victims of the Germanwings aircraft crash aboard a Lufthansa plane to Duesseldorf in Germany, at Marseille airport - AP

DUESSELDORF: 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.

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