Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashes in French Alps

News broke this morning that Germanwings flight 4U9525, which was traveling from Barcelona to Düsseldorf, has crashed in the French Alps with 150 passengers on board and no presumed survivors.

The plane, an Airbus 320, was operated by Germanwings which is low-cost airline owned by Lufthansa. According to Spain’s deputy prime minister 45 of the passengers on board were Spanish with many others believed to have been German and Turkish nationals. According to a Germanwings spokesman the aircraft had undergone a routine check as recently as yesterday and the pilot had 10 years of experience with the aircraft. It remains unclear what caused the plane to make a sudden descent and crash near the mountain village of Barcelonette and there are conflicting reports on whether a distress call was made.

This is a developing story.

[The Guardian | Photo: Guardian]