Germanwings says 150 people were aboard the plane that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, but it has not yet given a final toll of the victims’ nationalities.
Among the victims were opera singers Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak. The performers had performed in a production of the Wagner opera Siegfried at the Teatro Liceu in Barcelona — where Flight 9525 departed from Tuesday morning, en route to the German city of Dusseldorf.
Radner, born in Dusseldorf, was traveling with her husband and baby.
Opera singers Maria Rudner and Oleg Bryjak, seen in file photos, were travelling from Barcelona. They had been perfroming in a production of Wagner’s “Siegfried” at the Teatro Liceu.
Also from Germany were 16 high school students and two teachers from the Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium in Haltern, north of Dusseldorf. They were returning from an exchange program in Spain.
“Nothing will be the way it was at our school anymore,” said Ulrich Wessel, the principal of Joseph Koenig High School in the German town of Haltern.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Jennifer Psaki confirmed on Wednesday a third U.S. citizen was travelling on the Airbus 320, but did not release the name of that victim “out of respect for the family.”
Psaki identified the two other Americans as Yvonne Selke and Emily Selke, a mother and daughter from Nokesville, Virginia.
“Our entire family is deeply saddened by the losses of Yvonne and Emily Selke,” the Selke family said in a statement, according to NBC News. “Two wonderful, caring, amazing people who meant so much to so many. At this difficult time we respectfully ask for privacy and your prayers.”
Yvonne Selke worked at the security consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., in Washington, D.C., while her daughter Emily studied at Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, NBC reported.
Emily was also a former member of the Gamma Sigma Zeta sorority. The sorority posted a tribute to her on Facebook.
The two Japanese citizens feared to be among the victims are 42-year-old Junichi Sato and Satoshi Nagata, a man in his 60s, according to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Japan Times reported Nagata and Sato both lived in Dusseldorf. The two men were scheduled to travel on Flight 9525, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs could not confirm if either man had boarded the plane.
Two Iranian sports journalists, Milad Hojjatoleslami and Hossein Javadi, were also on board. They were travelling with two other journalists from Iran. According to the Guardian, it was their first time in Europe and they were scheduled to cover various sporting events.
The two other journalists, Saeed Zahedian and Payam Younesipour, did not wind up boarding the plane as planned.
“Since yesterday, I’m only asking myself what happened,” the Guardian reported Younesipour saying in a phone interview from Vienna, Austria. “We could have been dead by now. God saved us.”
Among the 35 confirmed Spanish victims were a grandmother, mother and her young daughter from the same family. The town hall in the Sant Cugat del Vallès, where the three women were from, confirmed, but did not provide their names.
An Australian family was also devastated by the loss of a mother and son from Melbourne. Carol Friday, who had just turned 68, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, was travelling with her son Greig. He would have turned 30 next month and was about to start a job teaching English in France.
“Our family is in deep disbelief and crippled with sadness and would like to ask for privacy,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported the family saying in a statement. “They were both extraordinary and exceptional people who were loved by many, who they loved in return.”
Twenty-eight-year-old Briton Paul Andrew Bramley was travelling to meet his mother, Carol. He was a student of hospitality and hotel management in Lucerne, Switzerland.
“He was the best son. He was my world,” Carol Bramley said.
Details of other victims are still emerging. Families of those on board Flight 9525 are making their way to the crash scene, in Seyne-les-Alpes.
Locals in Seyne-les-Alpes offered to host the bereaved families because of a shortage of rooms to rent.
The company says it’s still trying to reach the relatives of some victims and that the count is complicated because some passengers may have held dual citizenship.
Here’s a look at what is known about the victims’ nationalities:
– 72 Germans, confirmed by Germanwings.
– 35 Spaniards, according to Germanwings; Spain says there may be up to 51.
– 3 Argentines, confirmed by the government. Germanwings could only confirm 2 Argentines.
– 3 Americans, confirmed by the government. Germanwings could only confirm 2 Americans.
– 3 British, confirmed by the government, which says there may be more. Germanwings could only confirm 1 British.
– 3 Kazakhs, confirmed by the government
– 2 Australians, confirmed by the government and Germanwings.
– 2 Colombians, confirmed by the government. Germanwings listed 1 Colombian.
– 2 Iranians, confirmed by Germanwings.
– 2 Japanese, confirmed by the government. Germanwings listed 1 Japanese.
– 2 Mexicans, confirmed by government. Germanwings listed 1 Mexican.
– 2 Venezuelans, confirmed by Germanwings.
– 1 Belgian, confirmed by Germanwings.
– 1 Dane, confirmed by the government and Germanwings.
– 1 Dutch, confirmed by the government and Germanwings.
– 1 Israeli, confirmed by the government and Germanwings.
– 1 Moroccan, confirmed by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
– 1 Turk, confirmed by the government.