Germanwings flight 4U9525 crash: British nationals likely aboard, two Colombians killed

LONDON (AFP) - 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.

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

Two Colombians were also among the 150 people killed in the crash. Ms Maria del Pilar Tejada and Mr Luis Eduardo Medrano died in the crash near the south-eastern French ski resort of Barcelonnette, the Colombian Foreign Ministry said. "The news was confirmed directly to the family of the victims," a ministry statement said, without providing further biographical details of the deceased.

It expressed its "most sincere condolences" to the victims' relatives, France, Germany, Spain and other countries affected by the disaster.

The cause of the crash has yet to be established, but the 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, Belgian, Danish and Turkish citizens are also thought to be among the dead.