Airbus A320 Crash in French Alps: Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 down with 148 feared dead

An Airbus A320 with 142 passengers and 8 crewmembers has crashed in Digne region, southern France.

The Airbus A320 jet, which belonged to Germanwings low-cost airline, was flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf.

The crashed A320 ( Flight 4U 9525) is 24 years old and has been with the parent Lufthansa group since 1991, according to online database

French President Francois Hollande, confirmed Tuesday aviation tragedy in southern France and noted that, given the conditions of the accident, it is likely that there are no survivors.

"A plane crashed in the Barcelonnette. This Dusseldorf flights linking Barcelona and had 148 people on board, including six crew members.

Germanwings A320 aircraft flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf goes down in southern French Alps with 148 on board

Accident conditions make us believe that there will be no survivors. I want to send our solidarity all the families of the victims, even if the identity of victims is not yet known. A crisis cell was set up and we have all the information in minutes.

I have a dialogue with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and King of Spain, who made a visit to France today.

We know all the causes that led to this tragedy and we will make known the public.

The accident occurred in an area quite inaccessible and hope that there were no other consequences, "said Francois Hollande.

French officials said that flight number 4U 9525 vanished from radar screens about 80 minutes after take-off, and that suspected items of debris had been found near the small town of Barcelonnette in the Alpes-de-Hautes-Provences.

Gilles Gravier, president of Tourism in the Val d’Allos ski resort area, said nothing of the crash had been heard from the pistes in his village.

He said 400 gendarmes, firefighters and emergency search and rescue personnel had been mobilised but the zone was “extremely difficult” to get to.

Florent Plazy, director of the local ski school ESF, confirmed the area was hard to access even for mountain walkers.

Spain’s airport operator, AENA, has confirmed that the plane left Barcelona at 8.55am, a slight delay from its expected departure of 8.35am The spokesperson did not know the reason for the delay.

Meteorological conditions were expected to be quiet at the time of the crash, but the jet reportedly went through unstable weather conditions in the Mediterranean, French weather TV channel La Chaîne Météo said.

The airline requested the public "monitor our website" and said it would provide information as soon as it was available, though the website appeared to be down in the immediate aftermath of the first reports.

In the previous crash involving an Airbus A320 plane, AirAsia’s QZ8501 flight was en route to Singapore from Surabaya, Indonesia, on December 28. Out of 162 people on board, there were no survivors.

According to CNN affiliate BFM, French authorities say the last words in a distress call from Germanwings Flight 9525 were "emergency, emergency."

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