British nationals likely in France plane crash: minister

24th March 2015, Comments 0 comments

British nationals were likely on board the Germanwings plane that crashed in France on Tuesday, Britain's foreign minister said, in an aviation disaster that killed all 150 people on board.

"Based on the information available to us, it is sadly likely that there were some British nationals on board the flight," Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement.

Hammond added that he did not want to speculate on how many British nationals were involved until passenger information checks were complete.

The cause of the crash has yet to be established, but authorities have recovered a black box from the crash site, where the Airbus A320 came down in the French Alps.

The plane was operated by Lufthansa budget carrier Germanwings, and had been on its way to Dusseldorf from Barcelona with 144 passengers and six crew.

German, Spanish, Colombian, Belgian, Danish and Turkish citizens are also thought to be among the dead.

© 2015 AFP

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