Germanwings Flight 9525 crashes into French Alps, 150 on board
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Airbus carrying 150 passengers and crew, crashed into the yesterday between and . Officials said there were no survivors. The plane was flying to , Germany from , Spain. An emergency recovery team made its way to the crash site and reportedly recovered one of the plane's ., an
According to French authorities, 144 passengers were aboard the plane, reportedly including sixteen school children who were travelling on a German exchange project. A further six crew were present, including the two pilots. The flight was predominately made up of Spanish and German citizens.
The pilots did not send a distress signal. Various officials described the crash as an accident; thestated terrorism is not believed to be a factor. The weather reportedly was clear when the crash occurred. The plane descended for eight minutes before impact falling, by various reports, more than 30,000 .
French President François Hollande said regarding the accident "I would like to send all our solidarity to the family of the victims[...] It's a new air tragedy; we must know all the causes. We are in mourning because this accident happened on our territory". He said he has been in contact with both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and King , the later of whom cancelled the remainder of his state visit to France.
According to French prosecutor Bruce Robin the plane was completely destroyed. He said "The body of the plane is in a state of destruction, there is not one intact piece of wing or fuselage". He made the comments tonews agency describing his view of the crash site from a helicopter.
Germanwings is owned by Lufthansa. CEO of Lufthansa said "We do not yet know what has happened to flight 4U 9525. My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of our passengers and crew on 4U 9525. If our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa. We hope to find survivors."
The plane, registered as D-AIPX, had been in service for nearly 25 years. It first flew on November 29, 1990 and had been last checked earlier this month.
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