Germanwings Plane Crashes in French Alps
The aircraft, an Airbus A320 operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings subsidiary, was carrying 150 passengers and crew members, all of whom are feared dead, French President François Hollande said.
“The conditions of the accident suggest there are no survivors,” Mr. Hollande said on television.
The agency said that the plane descended from a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet to 5,000 feet while over the town of Barcelonnette in the Alpes de Haute-Provence region. It crashed near the town of Prads-Haute-Bléone.
The airline’s chief executive, Carsten Spohr, said on Twitter that “if our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa,” expressing the company’s “deepest sympathy” for family and friends of passengers and crew.
CORRECTION – March 26, 2015
The original version of this article incorrectly stated that the pilots declared an emergency at 10:47 a.m. This was based on information available from authorities at the time but was later discredited. The article also stated incorrectly that there were 148 passengers and crew. The correct number is 150.
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