150 Feared Dead As Germanwings Plane Crashes

Reports say a Germanwings Plane carrying 150 people has crashed in the French Alps on its way from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.
The Airbus A320, flight 4U 9525, went down between Digne and Barcelonnette.
According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, bbc, none of the 144 passengers or six crew, is expected to have survived.
The plane crashed after an eight-minute descent, an official said. It is not clear if it sent a distress signal. The dead are believed to include 16 German school children. French and German leaders have expressed shock.
“This is the hour in which we all feel deep sorrow,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters, adding that she was planning to travel to the crash site.
A rescue helicopter has reportedly reached the site of the crash, in a remote mountain area.


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