At least three Britons killed in Alps crash

25th March 2015, Comments 0 comments

At least three Britons were among 150 people killed when a German airliner crashed in the French Alps, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday.

The minister offered his condolences to the families and friends of those involved in Tuesday's crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320. There were no survivors.

"We currently believe that three British people have been killed in this tragedy but we can't rule out the possibility that there are further British people involved," he said.

"The level of information on the flight manifest doesn't allow us to rule out that possibility until we've completed some further checks."

Britain was in contact with the authorities in France, as well as in Germany and Spain, where the majority of the victims are from, he said.

"This accident is a terrible tragedy and I want to offer heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of all those involved in the accident," Hammond said.

Asked about concerns about other A320 aircraft, he said the plane had a "very good safety record" but aviation authorities would be looking into the case and would take action if necessary.

© 2015 AFP

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