Germanwings Airbus crashes in Alps killing all on board
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An Airbus A320 operated by budget airline Germanwings has crashed in the Alps killing all 150 people on board. A distress signal was reportedly sent out from the plane shortly before 10am this morning but it now appears that no distress call was made prior to the crash adding to the mystery as to what caused the crash.
Flight 4U9525 was en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf with 144 passengers and 6 cabin crew on board, the majority of whom are believed to be German. The crash site is in a very remote and isolated part of the Alps with lots of snow in an area that Junior French Transport Minister Alain Vidalies described as "inaccessible by road".
According to FlightRadar24's Twitter account, the plane steadily climbed to an altitude 38,000 feet of before descending to just 6,800 feet right before communication was lost. This unusual deviation in levels alerted air traffic controllers to an "worrying" altitude problem before the plane crashed.
It is the first passenger aircraft to crash on French soil since 2000 and French President Francois Hollande solemnly reflected "It's a tragedy on our soil." Hollande was quick to point out that any reports on what caused the crash are purely speculation at this point saying "The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors."
Germanwings is a low budget airline owned and operated by Lufthansa. The conpany's CEO expressed his sympathies to the families of those on board saying "We do not yet know what has happened to Flight 4U9525. My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of our passengers and crew. If our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa. We hope to find survivors."