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A German airliner belonging to Germanwings, a low-cost affiliate of German airline Lufthansa, crashed near a ski resort in the French Alps on Tuesday.
Germanwings Flight 4U9525: Airbus A320 crash in French Alps kills 150 aboard

According to officials, all 148 people on board Flight 4U9525 are feared dead.

Flightradar24 posted details of the flight, which "initially climbed to 38,000 feet before it started to descend and lost signal at 6,800 feet."

El portal Airlive ha hecho públicas las primeras imágenes, captadas por France TV info, del lugar de la catástrofe del vuelo
4U9525 en el sur de Francia. Se trata de un Airbus A320 de la compañía Germanwings que cubría la ruta Barcelona-DusseldorF

An Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote snowy area of the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 on board including 16 schoolchildren.

Germanwings confirmed its flight 4U9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf crashed with 144 passengers and six crew on board.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the plane's flight recorder, more commonly called the black box, has been located, although it was not immediately known if the recorder had been recovered.

The airline believed there were 67 Germans on the flight. Spain's deputy prime minister said 45 passengers had
Also among the victims were 16 children and two teachers from the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school in the town of Haltern am See in northwest Germany, a spokeswoman said. The high school group was returning from an exchange in Spain.

Investigators described a scene of devastation where the airliner crashed.

Gilbert Sauvan, president of the general council of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, told the Associated Press that debris from the crash is spread over 100 to 200 metres.

"Everything is pulverized," he said.

"We saw an aircraft that had literally been ripped apart, the bodies are in a state of destruction, there is not one intact piece of wing or fuselage," Bruce Robin, prosecutor for the city of Marseille, told Reuters in Seyne-les-Alpes after flying over the crash zone in a helicopter.

French police at the crash site said no one survived and that recovery of bodies will be complicated by difficult terrain, snow and incoming storms.

"It is going to take days to recover the victims, then the debris," senior police officer Jean-Paul Bloy told Reuters.
Police said search teams would stay overnight at altitude.

"We are still searching. It's unlikely any bodies will be airlifted until Wednesday," regional police chief David Galtier told Reuters.

In Paris, Prime Minister Manuel Valls told parliament: "A helicopter managed to land (by the crash site) and has confirmed that unfortunately there were no survivors."

It was the first crash of a large passenger jet on French soil since the Concorde disaster just outside Paris nearly 15 years ago. The A320 is a workhorse of worldwide aviation fleets. They are the world's most used passenger jets and have a good though not unblemished safety record.

Germanwings said the plane started descending one minute after reaching its cruising height and continued losing altitude for eight minutes.

"The aircraft's contact with French radar, French air traffic controllers ended at 10.53 am at an altitude of about 6,000 feet. The plane then crashed," Germanwings' Managing Director Thomas Winkelmann told a news conference.

France's DGAC aviation authority said air traffic controllers initiated distress procedures after they lost contact with the Airbus, which did not issue a distress call.
The accident happened in an alpine region known for skiing, hiking and rafting, but which is hard for rescue services to reach.
The search and rescue effort based itself in a gymnasium in the village of Seyne-les-Alpes, which has a small private aerodrome nearby.

Transport Minister Alain Vidalies told local media: "This is a zone covered in snow, inaccessible to vehicles but which helicopters will be able to fly over."

But as helicopters and emergency vehicles assembled, the weather was reported to be closing in.
"There will be a lot of cloud cover this afternoon, with local storms, snow above 1,800 metres and relatively low clouds. That will not help the helicopters in their work," an official from the local weather centre told Reuters.

Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr, who planned to go to the crash site, spoke of a "dark day for Lufthansa".
French aviation authorities said the airliner crashed near the town of Barcelonnette about 100 kilometres north of the French Riviera city of Nice, not far from the Italian border.
Germanwings Flight 4U9525: Airbus A320 crash in French Alps kills 150 aboard
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