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French Plane Crash Part 1: No survivors

French Plane Crash Part 1: No survivors

Aviation authorities have confirmed the deaths of 148 passengers after an Airbus A320, operated by Lufthansa’s budget carrier Germanwings, crashed in the French Alps near the town of Barcelonnette on Tuesday morning.

The plane, which was on-route to Dusseldorf, Germany from Barcelona’s El Plata airport in Spain, reportedly went down not long after it sent out a distress call, signalling an unspecified “abnormal situation”. Rader coverage showed that Flight 4U9525 fell from 40 000 to 6 200 feat in less than 10 minutes before disappearing from radar.

“The log suggests it went straight down at a significant rate, up to 5,000 feet per minute at one point, which suggests it happened in a matter of seconds,” aviation expert, Anthony Davis, told Sky News.

“It is unlikely the passengers on board would have known anything about this. As far as I am aware, the pilots did not send a typical distress call, a squawk of 770. They simply said emergency, emergency”.

Around 200 police officials are said to be on the scene which has been described as rugged and not easy to reach. According to service records, the plane had last ben serviced in 2013 while Germanwings chief executive, Thomas Winkelmann, said that the pilot had over 10 years flying experience and more than 6 000 hours on the A320.

No reason for the crash has yet been determined.


CAPTION: Germanwings Airbus A320, similar to Flight 4U9525 IMAGE sourced from planespotters.net