LIVE: Plane’s black box ‘damaged’ in plane crash

Rescue operations began again at the scene of Tuesday's tragic air crash in the French Alps. as it emerged that the plane's black box has been damaged. We'll have live updates throughout the day.

LIVE: Plane's black box 'damaged' in plane crash
Image from the crash site. Photo:Denis Bois/ Gripmedia /AFPTV / AFP


08: 50 – The goalkeeper of a Swedish third division football team that was set to travel on the doomed Germanwings flight that crashed on Tuesday in the French Alps has been speaking to The Local about his near-death experience.
08:05 – Rescue operations restart at crash site
Hundreds of military police and firefighters from the Alps at first light resumed the operation to salvage bodies and debris from Tuesday's crash
With one official described the plane and its contents as "pulverized" and that no piece of wreckage is bigger than a car, it looks set to be a long and harrowing task for emergency teams.
07:50 – Black box 'damaged' 
The cockpit voice recorder recovered from the wreckage of the Germanwings Airbus that crashed killing all 150 aboard has been found damaged and has being taken to Paris for analysis, a source close to the inquiry said Wednesday.
"The black box that was found is the CVR," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity. The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) "was damaged. It has been transferred to Paris this morning."
A second so-called black box, in this case recording flight data, has yet to be found on the mountain in the French Alps where the Airbus A320 went down Tuesday.
07:45 – British nationals likely among dead
British nationals were likely on board the Germanwings plane that crashed in France on Tuesday, Britain's foreign minister said, in an aviation disaster that killed all 150 people on board.
"Based on the information available to us, it is sadly likely that there were some British nationals on board the flight," Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement.
Hammond added that he did not want to speculate on how many British nationals were involved until passenger information checks were complete.
07:30 Argentines and Colombians also among victims
Two Argentines and two Colombians were on the Germanwings flight that crashed on Tuesday in the French Alps, killing all 150 on board, an Argentine diplomat said.
"We got in touch with the crisis center and they told us officially that there were two Argentines who boarded the flight," Santiago Martino, an official at the Argentine embassy in Paris, told Radio America.
Colombians Maria del Pilar Tejada and Luis Eduardo Medrano died in the crash near the southeastern French ski resort of Barcelonnette, the Colombian foreign ministry said, after French officials indicated there were no survivors from
the Airbus 320 jet wreckage.
"The news was confirmed directly to the family of the victims," a ministry statement said, without providing further biographical details of the deceased.
07:20  – Obama offers condolences
"It's heartbreaking because it apparently includes the loss of so many children, some of them infants," Obama said, adding that he had called Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"Our teams are in close contact, and we're working to confirm how many Americans may have been on board. Germany and Spain are among our strongest allies in the world."
Obama also called Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, offering US assistance.
"The president conveyed his condolences and those of the American people to Spain and to the families of those lost on the flight," a White House statement said.