GERMANWINGS A320 Crash: Plane Carrying 144 Passengers, 6 Crew, Crashes In French Alps

Publié: 24 mars 2015 dans Informations générales, Transport aérien
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An Airbus A320 carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in Southern France. Calling it a « tragedy, » French President Francois Hollande said it’s likely that all were killed.

Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 was traveling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when it sent out a distress signal.

It crashed near Barcelonnette, a town in the Alpes de Haute-Provence.The plane came down at 11:20 a.m. local time (6:20 a.m. ET), Oliver Wagner, Germanwings’ chairman, said in a statement.

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The budget airline is owned by Lufthansa. Wagner said there were 144 passengers and six crew members on board. Hollande said these included people from Spain, Germany and Turkey.

French police captain Benoit Zeisser told CNBC that official helicopters had located the crash site, which is not easily accessible. He said he expected the police and fire brigade to be at the location in a matter of hours.

France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was also headed…

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