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German Wings Crash: No Austrians or Transit Passengers to Vienna Were Aboard

Published: March 24, 2015; 14:00 · Updated: March 26; 10:45 · (FriedlNews)

It is believed that no Austrians or direct transit passengers to Vienna were aboard the crashed Germanwings plane. "None of the passengers from Düsseldorf held connecting flights to Vienna, so we believe this tragedy has not affected any Austrians. However, we do not as yet have a passenger list of those who were on the flight," Lufthansa said.

Germanwings with 148 People crashes in Southern France / Picture: © Wikipedia / Dura-Ace

Update: People on board by nationality (Total 150):
Germany 67, Spain 45, Kazakhstan 3, Mexico 3, Argentina 2, Australia 2, Colombia 2, Croatia 2, Japan 2, Morocco 2, Belgium 1, Denmark 1, Israel 1, Netherlands 1, Turkey 1, United Kingdom Several (unconfirmed), Unknown 15.

French President Francois Hollande said that it's uncertain whether any French nationals were aboard. He said the nationalities are thought to include Germans, Spaniards and "probably" Turks.

Representatives of Lufthansa in Austria, which owns the Germanwings airline, has said that in their estimation there were no Austrians on board the flight that crashed today in the French Alps.

"None of the passengers from Düsseldorf held connecting flights to Vienna, so we believe this tragedy has not affected any Austrians. However, we do not as yet have a passenger list of those who were on the flight," they said.

Despite Lufthansa's current appraisal of the matter, the Austrian Foreign Ministry is supposed to looke into the matter in order determine whether or not any Austrian nationals were on board.

The latest Germanwings corporate statement reads as follows:

"We must confirm to our deepest regret that Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf has suffered an accident over the French Alps. The flight was being operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft, and was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members. Lufthansa and Germanwings have established a telephone hotline. The toll-free 0800 11 33 55 77 number is available to all the families of the passengers involved for care and assistance. Everyone at Germanwings and Lufthansa is deeply shocked and saddened by these events. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew members. Germanwings is conducting a full investigation."