Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps: Virginia man confirms wife and daughter were two Americans aboard

150 people died in Tuesday's crash

A Virginia man told the Washington Post that his wife and daughter were the two Americans on the plane that crashed Tuesday in the French Alps, killing 150 people.

Yvonne Selke and Emma Selke, of Nokesville, Virginia,  died along with 148 others when a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed in the French Alps after inexplicably descending for eight minutes.

The cause of the crash remains a mystery, as the pilots did not communicate with air-traffic controllers before the plane went down. Recovery crews have found a flight-information recorder at the crash scene and are investigating.

The younger Selke was a 2013 graduate of Drexel University and served as vice president of the school’s Zeta chapter of the Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority, the Post reported. The group posted a message on its Facebook page honouring Ms Selke.

“She embodied the spirit of Gamma Sigma Sigma,” the sorority said. “As a person and friend, Emily always put others before herself and cared deeply for all those in her life. Emily will be greatly missed by her fellow sisters of Zeta. Please keep Emily, her mother and their family in your thoughts and prayers during this heartbreaking time."