German Airplane Crashes in French Alps, 148 Aboard, No Survivors Expected According to French President

This Germanwings Airbus A320 is the exact model of the flight that crashed in the French Alps on March 24.  AP Photo/Martin Meissner

On Tuesday, March 24, a Germanwings airliner was heading from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany when it crashed in the French Alps. It has been identified as Flight 4U9525. There were 142 passengers and six crew members aboard the flight at the time. 

According to CNN, the plane crashed near Digne les Bains in the Alpes de Haute Provence around 5:47 a.m. ET and rescue teams have already started locating debris. 

French President Francois Hollande was quoted saying they expect to find no survivors, and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls also noted they fear all crash victims to be dead. 

Germanwings is a German airline that’s a direct subsidiary of Lufthansa. The plane involved in the crash was a twin-engine Airbus A320. 

No cause for the crash has been revealed, but CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo said that crashes mid-flight, as was the case here, are rare with the majority of incidents taking placing during takeoff or landing. 

Stay tuned as this story develops…

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