Germanwings crash: Australian family in 'deep disbelief'
CAROL Friday and her son Greig have been identified as the two Australian victims claimed in the Germanwings plane crash.
68-year-old Carol was a nurse in Victoria and 29-year-old Greig an engineer.
Their family has issued a statement through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which Julie Bishop read in parliament before question time this afternoon.
"Our family is in deep disbelief and crippled with sadness and would like to ask for privacy," the statement read.
"Carol was a loving mother of two, a devoted wife to her husband, Dave, and a sister to three brothers. She celebrated her 68th birthday on March 23.
"Greig was to turn 30 on April 23. He was a loving son to Carol and Dave and an exceptional brother to his sister, Alex. He was adored by all his family and friends.
"Carol and Greig were enjoying a few weeks holiday together at the start of his European stay where Greig was to teach English this year.
"They were both extraordinary and exceptional people who were loved by many, who they loved in return.
"They will forever be with us in our hearts, memories and dreams."
EARLIER: TWO Australians are among 150 people killed in a Germanwings aeroplane crash in the French Alps, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.
Ms Bishop said a woman and her adult son from Victoria were on flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, which went down with 144 passengers and six crew on board.
"I don't think it gets any easier announcing the death of Australian citizens in a tragedy overseas," Ms Bishop said.
"Our thoughts and prayers and support are with the family of the victims and we will continue to provide them whatever consular assistance they may require."
Ms Bishop said Australia will send a consular official to the south-eastern French town of Gap where they will set up a mobile office and liaise with French authorities on the recovery effort.
Tony Abbott also offered his condolences to the families who have lost relatives.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of all those killed but particularly with the loved ones of the two Australians who have lost their lives," Mr Abbott said.