‘We are aware of the reports of the Germanwings plane crash in France. Our thoughts are with the friends and families of the passengers and crew," a spokesperson for Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development said in an email. "Canadian officials in Ottawa as well as in France, Germany and Spain are working with local authorities to determine whether any Canadians were onboard."
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French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says a black box has been located at the site in the French Alps where a plane crashed while traveling from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.
Cazeneuve, speaking from the Alps region, said the black box had been located and would ultimately help in the investigation into the cause of the crash Tuesday.
It wasn't immediately clear if the box had been recovered.
A French Interior Ministry official says the black box has been recovered from the site in the French Alps where a plane carrying 150 people crashed.
The official, who was not authorized to speak about the crash publicly, confirmed to The Associated Press that the black box was in hand.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve earlier Tuesday said the black box had been located and would be handed to investigators in coming hours.
A Lufthansa vice-president says the company is treating the crash of a Germanwings jet in France that carried 150 people as an accident for "the time being."
Heike Birlenbach told reporters in Barcelona that for now "we say it is an accident. There is nothing more we can say right now."
She also said that the plane, bound for Duesseldorf in Germany, took off from Barcelona 30 minutes late Tuesday but did not know what caused the delay.
The Airbus A320 was inspected by Lufthansa's technical team on Monday.
Germanwings is a low-cost carrier owned by Lufthansa. (AP)
Raw footage of the crash site
Germany's top security official says there is no evidence at this stage that foul play was involved in the plane crash in southern France.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere tells reporters in Berlin that "according to the latest information there is no hard evidence that the crash was intentionally brought about by third parties."
He says authorities are investigating all possible causes for the crash of a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Spain on Tuesday in which 144 passengers and six crew members died. (AP)
Germanwings CEO: Plane victims included 72 German citizens, 35 Spaniards, 2 Americans.
Here's a look at what is known about the nationalities from the company and from governments that have announced their citizens were aboard.
- 67 Germans, confirmed by Germanwings.
- Many Spaniards. The government says the passenger list included 45 people with Spanish last names but that it is still trying to confirm how many are Spanish citizens.
- 3 Kazakhs, confirmed by the government
- 3 British, confirmed by the government, which says it cannot rule out that there may be more.
- 2 Japanese, confirmed by the government
- 2 Colombians, confirmed by the government.
- 2 Australians, confirmed by the government
- 1 Dutch, confirmed by the government.
- 1 Dane, confirmed by the government.
- 1 Turk, confirmed by the government.
- 1 Israeli, confirmed by the government.
- 1 Mexican was probably aboard but the government says it is still trying to confirm the information. (AP)
Three generations of one family — a schoolgirl, her mother and grandmother — were on the Germanwings plane that crashed, according to a town outside Barcelona.
A statement from Sant Cugat del Valles town hall didn't provide their names.
The girl was a student of a middle school for children aged 10 to 11 at Santa Isabel school in Sant Cugat.
"The students are very affected. The teachers are trying to help them any way they can," said a woman who answered the phone at the school. She refused to give her name or comment further. (AP)
U.S. President Barack Obama has called Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to express his condolences following the crash of the Germanwings plane in which at least 35 Spaniards died.
Obama conveyed "his condolences and those of the American people to Spain and to the families lost on the flight," the U.S. Embassy in Madrid said. Obama also offered assistance from American officials.
Speaking in Parliament, British Prime Minister David Cameron also offered condolences on Tuesday's crash that killed 150.
"It is heartbreaking to hear about the schoolchildren, the babies, the families whose lives have been brought to an end," he said.
The British government believes three British nationals died, and is checking to see if there might have been more. (AP)
The leaders of Germany, France and Spain are gathering in the French Alps near the site of a German budget airlines crash to pay homage to the 150 victims.
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived on a helicopter Wednesday on a mountain meadow whipped by strong winds. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also joined them at the scene, in the town of Seynes-les-Alpes.
Most of the passengers on the Barcelona-Duesseldorf flight Tuesday were German and Spanish, though people of many other nationalities were also aboard.
Hollande praised all the rescue workers who have been trying to retrieve debris and bodies from the hard-to-reach site. (AP)
The U.S. State Department says a third American has been identified as a victim of the plane crash in France that killed a total of 150 people.
The department said it is in contact with the victim's next of kin but is not releasing the name out of respect for the family.
A person close to the family earlier said American Yvonne Selke and her daughter Emily Selke were also among the victims. (AP)