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Passenger nationalities revealed

Most of the passengers on board the Air France plane which has disappeared over the Atlantic were Brazilians and French nationals, airline officials said. Air France confirmed 61 French and 58 Brazilian passengers were among the 216 passengers on board flight 447. A list provided by Brazil’s authorities showed 26 Germans were also on board as well as nine Chinese and nine Italians. Six Swiss, five British, five Lebanese and four Hungarians were on the flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. Those on board also included three Irish, three Norwegians, three Slovaks, two Americans two Moroccans, as well as individuals from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, the Philippines, The Gambia, Iceland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sweden and Turkey. Eleven of the 12 crew members are reported to be French nationals and the other Brazilian. Phone line “Air France expresses its deepest sympathy to the relatives and friends of the passengers and crew who were on board this flight,” the airline said in a statement on its website. It said it was doing its utmost to support relatives and friends, and had set up counselling services at both the French and Brazilian airports. A special phone line has been set up for relatives and friends. In France, the number is 0800 800 812. In Brazil, the number is 0800 881 20 20 and for those in other countries the number is 0033 1 57 02 10 55. A direct descendant of the last emperor of Brazil, Dom Pedro II, was on board the plane, a spokesman for the former royal family said. He was named as Prince Pedro Luis de Orleans e Braganca, aged 26. The Michelin tyre company earlier said three of its executives were on the flight, including the president of its South American operations, Luiz Roberto Anastacio. It is also believed that Erich Heine, an executive board member at the German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp, was on board. He is also the chairman of the company’s Brazilian unit – Companhia Siderurgica do Atlantico – a joint venture between ThyssenKrupp and a Brazilian mining company. The mayor of Rio de Janeiro’s cabinet chief, Marcelo Parente, was also said to be on board, as well as the former head of the Rio municipal theatre’s symphony orchestra, Silvio Barb

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8077858.stm

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