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Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 13:07

Two Japanese, 2 Australians on fated flight

By Xinhua

 Two Japanese, 2 Australians on fated flight

TOKYO/ CANBERRA - The Japanese and Australian foreign ministries have confirmed Wednesday that two Japanese and two Australian citizens were on the Germanwings flight that crashed on Tuesday, local media reported.

The two male passengers named Nagata and Sato were in their 60s and 40s. They both lived in Duesseldorf, German, Japan's Kyodo News Agency cited messages from the Foreign Ministry as saying.

A mother and her adult son from Victoria in Australia were traveling on the Airbus A320 that crashed en route to Dusseldorf from Barcelona.

"I don't think it gets any easier announcing the death of Australian citizens in a tragedy overseas," Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters early on Wednesday morning.

Sources close to the Japanese government said there were no Japanese citizens on board at first. But later the Japanese Consulate in Duesseldolf revealed that there were two names on the passenger list that appeared to be Japanese.

Bishop said the Australian government was still investigating whether other Australians traveling on other countries' passports were on the flight.

"(We) are seeking to identify if there were any other Australians - dual nations or permanent residents - on the flight, " she said.

Australia will send a consular official to the south-eastern French town of Gap near the crash site, where a mobile office will be set up, Bishop said. The official will liaise with the French authorities on the recovery effort.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott also expressed his sadness at the tragic crash.

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