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Airbus A320 crash: German Wings flight 'down in southern France'
France plane crash: A320 carrying 142 passengers comes down in Alps near Digne
A passenger plane has crashed in southern France, according to early reports.
The aircraft said to be an Airbus A320 from German low-cost airline GermanWings came down in the Digne of France, local media report.
The flight was said to be between Barcelona in Spain and the German city of Dusseldorf, according to flight tracker service Airlive.
BREAKING We got reports the crash could be an Airbus A320 Germanwings between Barcelona and Dusseldorf.
— AirLive.net (@airlivenet) March 24, 2015
The A320 has a capacity of more than 170.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that he feared between 142 and 150 passengers and crew died in a plane crash.
"We of course don't know the reasons for the crash," Valls told reporters. "We obviously fear that the 142 to 150 passengers and crew died today, given the conditions of this crash."
Valls said he had activated the ministerial crisis cell to help coordinate the aftermath of the crash. He added that he had sent Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to the site of the incident.
The crashed A320 is 24 years old and has been with the parent Lufthansa group since 1991, according to online database airfleets.net
Plane was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf
French PM says 142 to 150 people feared dead
Germanwings is Lufthansa’s budget airline
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who is heading to the scene, said debris from the plane had already been found, according to AFP.
This webcam purports to be of the area where the plane is believed to have come down although no sign of the plane can be seen at present.
Le Monde reports that 80 fire department staff are on their way to the crash site along with more than 200 police.
Spain's airport operator Aena says the missing plane took off from Barcelona Airport at 8.55am Irish time.
A French government spokeswoman said: "I can confirm that the accident took place. We do not know the exact number of people involved but hope to release more information at a later stage. We are trying to find out more information about what happened."
As of yet there is no confirmation of any Irish citizens being among those on board.
The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade said it was aware of reports that a German wings plane has crashed in Southern France with 148 people on board.
The Department is in contact with relevant authorities through our Embassies in Paris, Madrid and Berlin.
RIP pax and crew.
The passengers included a German school class on its way back from an exchange trip.
Black box in Germanwings Airbus plane crash tragedy recovered in French Alps
Hopefully the voice recorder will be found asap. Both boxes will yield critical info.
Germanwings crash: Rescuers discover a 'picture of horror' on a French mountainside
Germanwings crash: Shocked passengers stared silently at the empty arrivals gate
Is it southern France or in the Alps?
3rd American on the doomed flight: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/25/third-american-germanwings_n_6940922.html
They found the cockpit voice recorder fast and are analyzing it. It's the data recorder that might still missing, although there were unconfirmed reports that it was found but the chip (with data storage) was missing.
This is huge and if true starts to point to human interaction possibly taking down the aircraft.
On cnn: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/25/europe/germanwings-crash-main/index.html
The A320 manual states that theres an emergency override code to the cockpit doors so that the pilots don't get locked out. However there's a feature that can be enabled by the pilot in the cockpit to 'disable' the emergency codes for an interval of 5-20 minutes.
Not too sure about the standard protocol in Europe but in N.A. there's always 2 people in the cockpit, either the FA-Pilot (when one goes to washroom break) or Pilot-Pilot.
Would a crew member, cabin or cockpit, have physical access to the data recorder?
Germanwings plane crash live: Flight 9525 pilot 'locked out of cockpit' of A320 downed in France
Recording shows pilot locked out of Airbus cockpit before crash
* One of two pilots locked out of cockpit - New York Times
* Lufthansa says it has no information on Times report
* Search for second data recorder ongoing
* Terror attack seen as not likely
That's not good:
Co-pilot of Germanwings 'crashed plane deliberately'
Investigators were studying the voice recordings from one of the "black boxes" for answers on Thursday while the search continued for a second in the ravine where the plane crashed, 100 km (65 miles) from the Riviera city of Nice.
"The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer," an investigator described only as a senior French military official told the New York Times, citing the recordings. "And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer."
"You can hear he is trying to smash the door down," the investigator added.
@uggboy does anyone know the names of the pilots
The pilots names haven't been yet released. I guess they will wait until they've more info on what "might" or "really" happened during the flight, especially the minutes before the plane crashed. Overall, doesn't look good so far and a lot speculation is going on right now.