A Japanese couple living in Kentucky were confirmed to be on the passenger list of a Comair plane that crashed Sunday in Lexington, killing 49 people, the Foreign Ministry said.

The two were identified as Tetsuya Kono, 34, and his wife, Nahoko, 31.

The couple had moved to Kentucky because the husband’s company, Tokyo-based Sumitomo Construction Machinery Co., had transferred him to LBX Co., a U.S. affiliate, the ministry said Monday.

After the crash, the Japanese Consulate General in New Orleans sent two officers to Lexington for further information.

A ministry official said it is still trying to verify whether the couple were actually on the plane and among the fatalities.

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