British Man Boarded Doomed Flight In Desperate Bid To See His Family @Richard

A British victim of the Germanwings disaster only boarded the doomed flight in a desperate bid to get home to see his family.

Tragic Martyn Matthews was on Flight 4U 9525 after he failed to find a direct route to the Midlands and decided he would instead get the next quickest route.

Martyn, 50, had been in Barcelona for just 24 hours for a business meeting when his company booked him on the flight.

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The quality manager had been keen to get back home to his wife Sharon, 48, and their children Nathan, 23, and Jade, 20, in Wolverhampton, West Mids.

So rather than flying to another UK airport, his travel company booked him on the fateful flight to Dusseldorf to catch another plane to Birmingham.

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Police and recue teams gather near the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps

Colleagues at Tipton-based HUF UK, a subsidiary of German automotive firm HUF Group, were in tears following news of his death.

The firm makes top-of-the-range door handles, key fobs and mechanical systems for cars including Land Rover, Mercedes, BMW and Volvo.

HUF Group spokeswoman Ute Hoppe told the Mirror that Martyn was a “wonderful and much-loved” employee.

She said: “We all feel utterly devastated by what has happened. Everyone in the company is shocked and saddened.

“He was on a business trip and had only arrived in Barcelona on Monday. It was a quick meeting and then he was going home to the UK.

“He was keen to get back to his family, so it was not a long trip, just a standard business trip.

“There were no direct flights to Birmingham from Barcelona, so the company booked him on the Germanwings flight to Dusseldorf.

“From there he was going to fly to Birmingham. He should have been him with his family on Tuesday night.

“We had a phone call on Tuesday afternoon saying the plane had crashed and he was listed among the passengers.

“It is heartbreaking. I cannot imagine what his family must be going through. It’s so, so sad and our thoughts are with them.

“He was a wonderful and much-loved employee.”

Martyn’s devastated mother Iris, 82, paid tribute to her son, describing him as a “lovely family man”.

Speaking from her home in Wolverhampton, the distraught pensioner said: “This has been a terrible shock.

“I’m numb. Martyn was a lovely family man. He worked for Huf and loved his work and travelled extensively for them.

“I don’t want to say any more. It’s too hard.”

Neighbours of Martyn also expressed their sorrow at his death in the crash, whichclaimed the lives of 150 people .

One man, who did not want to be named, said: “I’ve heard Martyn was on board the aircraft that went down.

“He was a great bloke. His family must be absolutely distraught. It’s not what you ever to expect so close to home.”

A woman in tears answered the door of the family home, where friends and relatives were also gathered.

She said: “The Home Office have not even given us confirmation yet. We have been told not to speak to the media.”

Another relative, who did not give her name, said: “We’re too upset. We’re not saying anything until we get official confirmation.

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