Germanwings Airbus A320 with 148 people on board crashed over the Alps on Tuesday in southern France while flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, with French President Francois Hollande saying no survivors.
The ill-fated passenger jet was carrying 142 passengers and six crew members when the tragedy occurred and there are “likely many German victims”, Hollande said in a tweet from the presidential place.
The flight 4U9525 crashed around 11 a.m. in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in the southern France Alps, and according to local reports, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazenueve reportedly said that the debris of the aircraft has been found.
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Germanwings flight was travelling from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, and dropped off the radar at around 11 am local time.
The pilot had sent a Mayday call to Air Traffic Controllers, and a spokesman for the DGAC aviation authority said the airplane soon crashed near the town of Barcelonnette about 100 km (65 miles) north of the French Riviera city of Nice.
Germanwings A320 D-AIPX was one of the oldest aircraft operated by the airline and had been with it since 1991.
FlightRadar24, which tracks aircraft flight paths, said the flight had dropped 32,000 feet in the 9 minutes before it disappeared.