Up To 150 Feared Dead As Airbus Crashes Into French Alps

By : Sam Ridgway |


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A plane has crashed in the Southern French Alps with nearly 150 people on board and according to Reuters, French President Francois Hollande believes there are no survivors.

The Germanwings Airbus A320, headed from Barcelonnette to Dusseldorf, had 142 passengers and six crew members on board. Germanwings is a popular low-cost carrier owned by Lufthansa.

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Officials say the pilot had sent a Mayday call to Air Traffic Controllers:

The pilots declared an emergency at 10:47 am local time while descending rapidly from a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet to around 5,000 feet, while flying over the town of Barcelonnette.

Barcelonnette is located about 100 km (65 miles) north of the French Riviera city of Nice.

According to an online database, the crashed airbus is 24-years-old and has been with the Lufthansa group since 1991.

A morgue has been set up in a gym in the village of Seyne-Les-Alpes that will be used to house the bodies once they are recovered from the crash site.

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of those on board.