Germanwings confirmed that an Israeli citizen was among the 150 people killed when its passenger jet crashed on Tuesday.
Israel’s foreign ministry had earlier received a call from the man’s family, who said he was scheduled to board the flight from Barcelona, where he lives, to Dusseldorf in Germany, where he had business. The Foreign Ministry then contacted German officials.
Meanwhile, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said a black box has been located at the site in the French Alps where the plane crashed.
Cazeneuve, speaking from the Alps region, said the black box had been located and would ultimately help in the investigation into the cause of the crash Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately clear if the box had been recovered. Officials believe all 150 people onboard the plane were likely killed when it crashed.
A spokesman for the French Civil Aviation authority says the plane that crashed in the French Alps with 150 people on board never sent out a distress signal.
Eric Heraud said the plane lost radio contact at 10:30 am Tuesday, but “never declared a distress alert itself.” He said it was the combination of loss of radio contract with control and the plane’s descent which prompted the control service to declare a distress.
Heraud said six investigators from the Bureau of Accident Investigations, or BEA, were en route from Paris and would be at the crash site by evening. One investigator from the region was already present, he said.
The crash left officials and families across Europe in shock. Sobbing, grieving relatives at both airports were led away by airport workers and crisis counselors.
“We still don’t know much beyond the bare information on the flight, and there should be no speculation on the cause of the crash,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin. “All that will be investigated thoroughly.”
In Washington, the White House said American officials were in contact with their French, Spanish and German counterparts.
“There is no indication of a nexus to terrorism at this time,” said U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan.