Germanwings Airbus A320 Crashes in French Alps

  • Mar 24, 2015 6:01am GMT

Germanwings flight 9525, from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, crashed in the French Alps near the town of Digne Tuesday morning.

The airliner, carrying 146 passengers and six crew, issued a distress call at 10:47 AM local time (9:47 AM GMT) and descended rapidly from 38,000 feet to around 5,000 feet.

French President Francois Hollande said, "The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors."

Search and rescue teams have located wreckage in a remote area of the French Alps.

Germanwings is a low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa.

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr tweeted, "We do not yet know what has happened to flight 4U 9525. My deepest sympathy goes to the family and friends of our passengers and crew.

"If our fears are confirmed, it is a dark day for Lufthansa. We hope to find survivors."

Germanwings has an excellent safety record and this is the first crash of one of their aircraft.