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Opera stars Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak were on doomed plane

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Opera star Maria Radner killed in plane disaster
Opera star Maria Radner killed in plane disaster

Opera singing stars Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner are among the victims of the Germanwings Airbus that crashed in the French Alps with with no survivors.

Bryjak (below), 54, and Radner, 34, were jetting back from Barcelona when their A320 plane crashed, with outpourings of emotions for the duo who were hugely popular in the classical music industry.

Düsseldorf opera house Deutsche Oper am Rhein first confirmed that Bryjak was on the plane, and it has since emerged that Radner was also on board.

She was travelling with her husband and their baby, which is one of the two babies thought to have died in the crash.

Meanwhile, it has also emerged that Britons were likely to have been on board the doomed plane, with a woman believed to be living in the north west of England and her baby son are said to be among those on board, according to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

There were apparently no survivors from the 144 passengers - including 16 schoolchildren and two teachers - and six crew after the plane went into an eight-minute descent before crashing near Digne.

Speaking this evening, the Mr Hammond said: "This is a tragic incident for those involved and their families, I send my deepest condolences to those who have lost family or friends.

"I don't want to speculate on numbers of British nationals involved until we have completed our checks on all the passenger information.

"However, based on the information available to us, it is sadly likely that there were some British nationals on board the flight. We are providing consular assistance and will give further help as more information becomes available.

"We are working closely with the French, German and Spanish authorities, and the airline, to establish the facts.

"The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch, and UK disaster victim identification experts, are also standing by to offer assistance to the French authorities, if required."