AT least three British nationals were killed in the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps yesterday, according to an updated statement from British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. Forty-five Spaniards, 67 Germans, one Colombian and two Australians are also known to have been killed in the crash.
The cause of the crash is still unknown, although a damaged Black Box flight recorder is currently being examined and recovery efforts are continuing in a rugged and hard-to-access region of the French Alps.
Already difficult conditions have been worsened by overnight rain and snow around the crash site. French police official Jean-Paul Bloy said he expected it to take days to recover the victims from the site.
Sixteen German students and two teachers are known to have been killed in the flight and Ulrich Wessel, the head teacher of the Josef-Konig School in Haltern, made an emotional statement this morning.
The Spanish government has declared three days of national mourning, with a minute’s silence to be observed in public institutions today.