EARLY reports from French aviation officials and police have said that a passenger plane travelling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf with 148 people on board has crashed in the French Alps.
An Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings, a budget airline owned by Lufthansa, was carrying a total of 142 passengers and six crew members when it came down in the Digne area of the southern French Alps, according to sources talking to Reuters news agency.
The French Interior Ministry says that: “Debris from the Airbus A320 has been found near a village in the region.”
And the French President Francois Hollande said: “The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors.”
Both Airbus and Germanwings have said they aware of the reports but cannot yet confirm them.