Flight 4U 9525

Lufthansa's Germanwings Crashes in France

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A helicopter approaches where Germanwings Flight No. 4U 9525 crashed en route to Düsseldorf from Barcelona in southern France on Tuesday.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Authorities fear all of the 150 people on board Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 en route to Düsseldorf from Barcelona died when the plane crashed on Tuesday morning in the French Alps.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • There were 144 passengers, two pilots and four other crew members on board.
    • The airplane was heading from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. No cause for the crash has been given.
    • Germanwings posted a number for relatives of passengers to call: 0800 11 33 55 77 (900 808 890 from Spain).
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A passenger jet carrying 150 people owned by Lufthansa’s budget airline, Germanwings, crashed in a mountainous region in southern France on Tuesday morning, with French authorities reporting no survivors.

“The circumstances of the crash have not yet been clarified but it seems no one has survived it,” French President François Hollande said.

By nightfall the plane’s black box had been found and handed over to investigators. Hundreds of firefighters, soldiers and emergency workers continued to search among the wreckage. The remote area and deteriorating weather conditions mean it is likely to take days for the bodies to be recovered,  according to the French authorities.

About 67 German nationals were on board, according to a preliminary count, Germanwings chief executive Thomas Winkelmann told reporters. Spain’s deputy prime minister said that 45 of the passengers had Spanish names.

Two teachers and 16 school children from Haltern am See’s Joseph-König Gymnasium high school were among those killed, according to local paper Halterner Zeitung in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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