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  • Search and recovery operation for flight 4U9525 resumes in the French Alps.
  • All 150 people on board the Airbus A320 are believed to have died in the crash.
  • The black box recorder is damaged but some "usable data" has been retrieved. Search continues for the second black box. A case has been found, but not the recorder itself.
  • German, French and Spanish leaders have visited the crash site area, spoke to rescue workers and held a press conference.
  • At least three British nationals have died in the incident
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18:30

That is all for today. Here is a round-up of the latest developments:

  • The black box recorder is damaged but some "usable data" has been retrieved. Search continues for the second black box. A case has been found, but not the recorder itself.
  • German, French and Spanish leaders have visited the crash site area, spoke to rescue workers and held a press conference.
  • At least three British nationals have died in the incident

17:29

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki has confirmed the death of the two American victims in the plane crash:

We are deeply saddened by the news that Germanwings flight 9525 crashed in southern France on its way from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany.

We are in contact with family members and we extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 150 people on board.

We are continuing to review our records to determine whether any other US citizens might have been on board the flight.

We are not releasing the names at this time out of respect for the family.

16:22

BEA investigator says that the last message from the pilot was a routine message to ATC about the route. One minute after that, the flight started to drop.

It continued to drop for about 10 minutes until it impacted on the ground at high speed. The voice recorder was located yesterday at 5pm.

The French investigator also said that some data has been retrieved from the first Germanwings black blox.

He also said that investigators "do not have the slightest explanation for the crash" at this stage.

16:16

BEA investigator says that the last message from the pilot was a routine message to ATC about the route. One minute after that, the flight started to drop.

It continued to drop for about 10 minutes until it impacted on the ground at high speed. The voice recorder was located yesterday at 5pm.

The French investigator also said that some data has been retrieved from the first Germanwings black blox.

16:10

French investigators (BEA) said that they successfully extracted recordings from the cockpit voice.

16:04

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy "We will be together in such a complicated moment like this"

16:00

Merkel's turn to speak:

"We are united by the same grief. It is a real tragedy, today we have seen the extent of that tragedy"

15:51

Hollande: "Everything will be done so that we can find, identify and give back the bodies to the families of the victims.

"This was a great show of solidarity but unfortunately there were no survivors."

"Black box has been recovered and analysed. Search is going on for the second black box. Case has been found, but unfortunately not the black box itself. "

"Human solidarity: it exists, it is here," he said.

15:50

Hollande, Merkel and Rajoy are holding a joint press conference near the crash site:

15:17

Spain's government has raised the number of Spanish victims in the crash from 49 to at least 51

15:04

The second black box has been found, according to the aviation site AirLive.net:

14:58

Barcelona's Liceu opera house has planned to observe two-minute silence for the opera singers lost in the crash: Oleg Bryjak, bass baritone, and Maria Radner, a contralto. The two had performed there in Wagner's "Siegfried" according to the New York Times.

Kazakhstan-born Bryjak, 54, had been a member of Deutsche Oper am Rhein, based in Dusseldorf and Dusiburg, since the 1996-7 season.

Radner's husband and baby were also on the plane. The contralto was a rising star of Wagnerian opera.

13:38

The Foreign Office has released a statement by Pawel Pracz, wife of marina Bandres Lopez-Belio, 37, and father of Julian Pracz-Bandres, only seven months old. Both mother and baby have died in the air crash:

My wife Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio and our son Julian Pracz-Bandres were on-board the plane that crashed in the Alps yesterday. We have been living in Manchester for 7 years.

Marina was an editor and colourist, and we were both working in post-production for film and video. Marina was visiting her family in Spain for her uncle's funeral, she bought the tickets at the last moment, and decided to return to Manchester quickly as she wanted to return to her daily routine as soon as possible. I'm with my closest family in Manchester, and in close contact with our family in Spain at this very difficult time. We are devastated and would like to request that we be allowed to grieve in peace as a family without intrusion at this difficult time.

13:35

Hollande, Merkel and Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy are speaking to press and rescue workers at crash site.

13:18

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande have arrived at the site of the crash.

13:08

France's Interior Ministry has released new photo of the crash site. You can view them in high definition clicking on the Flickr link included in the tweet.

12:53

Players of German football team Bayern Munich have observed a minute of silence before their daily training session.

12:51

Spanish authorities have opened an investigation into offensive messages against the victims of the disaster posted on social media, Le Figaro reports.

12:20

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr has issued a video message on the crash.

12:16

France's Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses (BEA) has released photos of the recovered black box cockpit voice recorder. The device was damaged in the crash but is said to be still "usable".

Germanwings black box 4U9525 plane crash
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Germanwings black box 4U9525
BEA

12:02

National flags are flying at half-mast in Madrid and Berlin.

Germanwings crash French Alps A320
Reuters
Germanwings crash French Alps A320
Reuters

11:56

There seems to be some confusion regarding the nationalities of the victims.

Minutes ago Spain's government says it has identified 49 of its nationals who died in the crash, adding that the figure was provisional and could change.

Now AP quotes Germanwings CEO as saying that the plane victims include 35 Spaniards, 72 German citizens and 2 Americans.

It is possible that some passengers were holders of dual nationality.

11:50

Spain confirms 49 of its nationals died in the crash.

Meanwhile France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius tells BFMTV that, according to information available, Argentinians, Belgians and Moroccan nationals are also among the victims.

Here is an updated list of the nationalities of the victims, as Germanwings has not yet issued a complete passenger list.

— 67 Germans, confirmed by Germanwings.

— 49 Spaniards, confirmed by the government

— 3 Kazakhs, confirmed by the government

— 2 Japanese, confirmed by the government

— 2 Colombians, confirmed by the government.

— 2 Australians, confirmed by the government

— 1 Dutch, confirmed by the government.

— 1 Dane, confirmed by the government.

— 1 Turk, confirmed by the government.

— 1 Israeli, confirmed by the government.

— 1 Mexican was probably aboard but the government says it is still trying to confirm the information.

— At least one Argentinian, one Belgian and one Moroccan

11:37

Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says: "according to the latest information there is no hard evidence that the crash was intentionally brought about by third parties."