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Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told public television TVE there were 45 people with Spanish surnames on board the plane but it was not immediately clear how many were Spanish citizens.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he had set up a crisis cell to deal with the disaster, calling it “tragic and sad news”. He said he would visit the scene on Wednesday.

An Airbus 320 of the German low-cost airline Germanwings crashed Tuesday around 1100 local time (1000 GMT) in southern France, with 144 passengers and 6 crew members on board.

The plane was flying from Barcelona in Spain to Dusseldorf in Germany, when the crash occurred. Lufthansa is working on the assumption that it was an accident, the airline’s vice president for sales and services in Europe, Heike Birlenbach, told reporters in Barcelona. Two more flights to Dusseldorf were scheduled on Tuesday from Barcelona.