Germanwings crash: Foreign Secretary says it is 'sadly likely' that British nationals were among the 150 people killed in horror Alps plane crash

Philip Hammond said 'it is likely there were some British nationals' but has not released any more details

Kunal Dutta
Wednesday 25 March 2015 00:08
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Staff members of Germanwings and Lufthansa hold a candlelight vigil outside the headquarters of Germanwings in Cologne
Staff members of Germanwings and Lufthansa hold a candlelight vigil outside the headquarters of Germanwings in Cologne

British nationals are likely to have been on board the Airbus that crashed in the French Alps killing 150 passengers, the Foreign Secretary has confirmed.

Philip Hammond said “it is likely there were some British nationals” but has not released any more details.

One woman living in Manchester has been named locally as Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio, from the Pyrenees city of Jaca in Huesca, north eastern Spain.

She is thought to have been travelling on the Airbus A320 with her seven-month-old baby and Polish husband. Local paper El Periodico de Aragon said the 37-year-old had returned to Spain for her uncle’s funeral.

She is understood to have lived in Fallowfield, South of Manchester and Rochdale, in Greater Manchester, since arriving in the UK.

Mr Hammond said: "I don't want to speculate on numbers of British nationals involved until we have completed our checks on all the passenger information.

Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary

"However, based on the information available to us, it is sadly likely that there were some British nationals on board the flight.

“We are providing consular assistance and will give further help as more information becomes available.

"We are working closely with the French, German and Spanish authorities, and the airline, to establish the facts. The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch, and UK disaster victim identification experts, are also standing by to offer assistance to the French authorities, if required."

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