Germanwings passenger jet crashes in French Alps

A Germanwings passenger jet carrying 148 people is reported to have disappeared off radar before crashing in the French Alps on Tuesday (24/03/15).

The German-owned Airbus A320 had 148 people on-board including six crew members. It was on its way from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.

French President Francois Hollande said all 148 people are likely dead.

 

“There are not thought to be any survivors. It’s a tragedy on our soil,” he said, adding he would be speaking shortly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“As soon as definite information is available, we shall inform the media immediately,” Germanwings said on its Twitter page.

This is the first major disaster involving a Germanwings plane. Germanwings is a low-cost airline found in 2002. Since 2009 it has been owned by Lufthansa, the Germany-based airline that is the largest in Europe.

This is a developing story. We will update this page with information as it becomes available.

– The Telegraph & AFP

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