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Plane Crash In the French Alps, All On Board Are Feared Dead

A massive search is underway after a passenger jet in route from Barcelona to Düsseldorf crashed in a remote and mountainous area of southern France.

While debris from the plane crash is being discovered, French prime minister, Manuel Valls, says he fears that there are no survivors on the flight that carried some 150 passengers.

The Guardian has more:

 The Airbus A320 making the flight for Lufthansa’s lowcost arm, Germanwings, crashed near the small mountain village of Barcelonette in the southern Alps with at least 144 passengers and six crew members on board.

Spain’s deputy prime minister said 45 passengers were believed to be Spanish nationals. A spokesman for France’s interior ministry said the passenger manifest was being verified.

Flight 4U9525 disappeared off the radar at around 11.20am, Le Figaro reported. The plane dropped from 11,500 metres to 2,100 metres (38,000ft to 7,000ft) in nine minutes between 10.31am and 10.40am, air radar services said. Initial reports said a distress call was made by the pilots at 10.47am but French authorities later said this was not the case.

Sebastien Giroux, one of the first eyewitnesses, said he saw the aircraft flying very low. “There was no smoke or particular sound or sign of anything wrong, but at the altitude it was flying it was clearly not going to make it over the mountains,” he told BFM-TV. “I didn’t see anthing wrong with the plane, but it was too low.”

The plane crashed at 2,700 metres altitude in the Alps, in the commune of Méolans-Revel, an isolated area of small villages and hamlets that are difficult to reach. Debris is scattered over an area of 2 sq km, according to French search and rescue.

Here’s a picture of the plane’s flight path:

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Reports from the French weather station said the meteorological forecast recorded almost no wind, and said that the weather was calm and “completely clear.”

As far as why the plane dropped nearly 16,000 feet in six minutes, authorities say “there could be many reasons” and they “have to clarify what the reasons were; we need the black box, we need access to the crash site, and we will start doing that immediately.”


Jerome Hudson

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Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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