Tu-154 crash victims' families to attend mourning ceremony

The relatives of Tu-154 crash victims shall meet with Thomas Schaeuble, the Interior Minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ulla Schmidt, the German Health Minister, and high-ranking police officers, a source in the chief police office of Baden-Wuerttemberg said in a telephone interview.

According to the source, the relatives shall also meet with Russia's deputy Transport Minister Pavel Rozhkov, who is also visiting Germany.

The relatives, who arrived in Friedrichshafen on Thursday morning, shall attend a mourning ceremony. The place and time of the ceremony are kept secret -- "so that the victims' families don't have to face the press." After the ceremony, the relatives and the accompanying group, which consists of 60 psychologists, doctors, interpreters, policemen and public figures, shall be taken to the site of the crash.

The relatives are expected to take a plane home on Thursday evening.

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