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Two U.S. Citizens Onboard Crashed Germanwings Flight

The State Department confirmed on Wednesday that two U.S. citizens were on board Germanwings Flight 9525 that crashed in southern France. 150 people were on board the flight from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany that crashed on Tuesday after an eight-minute rapid descent in the French Alps. Germanwings chief Thomas Winkelmann said on Tuesday that ...

Germany Mourns The Death Of Those Who Died On The Germanwings Airbus
HALTERN, GERMANY - MARCH 25: Two young women comfort one another while looking at flowers and candles left by mourners at the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school to pay tribute to 16 students and two teachers from the school who were on Germanwings flight 4U9525 that crashed yesterday in southern France on March 25, 2015 in Haltern, Germany. All 144 passengers and six flight crew are presumed dead and authorities are investigating the possible cause of the accident. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The State Department confirmed on Wednesday that two U.S. citizens were on board Germanwings Flight 9525 that crashed in southern France.

150 people were on board the flight from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany that crashed on Tuesday after an eight-minute rapid descent in the French Alps. Germanwings chief Thomas Winkelmann said on Tuesday that 72 of the passengers were German citizens and 51 were Spanish, although the list is constantly being updated. The German victims included 16 pupils returning from an exchange trip.

The State department expressed its condolences to the families of all those on board the crashed flight and said that it would not be releasing the names of the two U.S. citizens on board out of respect for the family.

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Reid Standish is a journalist based in Helsinki, Finland. He was formerly an associate editor at Foreign Policy. @reidstan

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