Airbus crashes in French Alps, all 148 dead

1427197572087An airbus plane A320 operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on March 24, en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.

Around 142-150 people on board are expected to be killed in the major air crash. The cause of the crash is yet to be investigated. “The cause is at present unknown,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told the reporters. French President Francois Hollande said survivors were unlikely in this tragic crash.

According to the DGAC aviation authority, the airplane crashed near the town of Barcelonnette, about 100 km (65 miles) north of the French Riviera city of Nice.

On the other hand, the Lufthansa’s Germanwings unit said it is yet to verify the reports of the crash.

The A320 airbus is a 24-year-old airbus and has been with the parent Lufthansa’s group since 1991.

Eric Ciotti, the head of the regional council, said search-and-rescue teams had left for the crash site at Meolans-Revels.

Flight #4U9525 was descending with a rate of about 3000-4000 feet per minute, which is quite standard for an airport approach… Flight #4U9525 initially climbed to 38,000 feet before before it started to descend and lost signal at 6,800 feet,” Flight Radar 24 tweeted.

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