A Germanwings airbus A320 plane crashed near Digne-les-Bains is the Alpes de-Haute province region. The plane lost contact with the French radar services at 10.53am. The crash happened in a mountainous terrain near the prads-Haute-Bleone. The French police said the terrain will make the work of rescuers difficult. The plane was said to be carrying 144 passengers and 6 crew members. Among the passengers were 16 pupils returning from an exchange trip . It is feared that there are no survivals. There were 51Spaniards, 72Germans,3 Britons,3 Americans and other passengers from Argentina,Australia,Colombia,Denmark,Iran,Israel,Japan,Mexico,Netherlands and Venezuela in the plane.
The French President Francois Hollande said no survivors were expected. He said ‘we are in mourning’ ‘it is a tragedy on our soil’ he said. The French President extends all his support to the German chancellor Angela Merkel during a phone call.
The sport hall of a local school for students aged 11 to 14 has been freed up to take bodies of victims. Mountain guide says it is very snowy in the area and the weather is worsening, which could complicate search and rescue efforts.
Germanwings airbus A320 flight 4U 9525 had left Barcelona airport at 10.01am for Duesseldorf crashed after eight minutes rapid descent. German wings are a low cost airline owned by the Lufthansa group. According to Lufthansa, ‘if our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa. We hope to find survivors.’
Founded in 2002, German wings became a wholly owned Lufthansa subsidiary in 2009. The twin-engine airbus A320s which entered service in 1988 is generally considered among the most reliable aircraft. Authorities say it is hard to understand why the pilot of the airliner would want to descend that rapidly.
Meanwhile, the leaders of Germany, Spain and France visited the scene of the Germanwings plane crash on wednesday. The ‘Black box’ recorder has been found at the site near the Digne. They are still searching for the second ‘Black box’ the flight recorder.
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