Tuesday 24 March 2015

Germanwings plane crashes in Southern France

An Airbus A320 with the registration D-AIPX (CN 0147) operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline has crashed in southern France en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, police and aviation officials say.
French president Francois Hollande said he believed none of the 148 people on board the plane had survived.  "The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors."

Germanwings flight 4U 9525 had taken off from Barcelona airport at 08:55 (local time), a spokeswoman for Spain's airport operator Aena said.
The plane issued a distress call at 10:47am (local time), sources said.
Debris from a crashed airliner was found near a French village, the interior ministry said.
Lufthansa's Germanwings unit said it was as yet unable to verify reports of the crash.
The crashed A320 is 24 years old and has been with the parent Lufthansa group since 1991, according to online database airfleets.net.
An Airbus spokeswoman said the company was trying to assess the situation after the crash reports

Germanwings is a low-cost airline based in Cologne, which is wholly owned by Lufthansa. Its main hubs are Cologne Bonn Airport, Stuttgart Airport, Hamburg Airport, Berlin Tege Airport and Düsseldorf Airport.
In January 2013, Lufthansa started to move its entire short-haul operations outside its main hubs in Frankfurt and Munich to Germanwings.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all on board, their families, friends and colleagues.

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