A Germanwings A320 aircraft has crashed in the French Alps near Digne, local aviation officials and police have said.
Flight 9525 was travelling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, and reported to be carrying 142 passengers and six crew members.
According to the BBC, French president Francois Hollande said: “The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors.”
Germanwings, a low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa, has issued the following statement: Germanwings regrets to confirm that according to currently available information an Airbus A320 of Germanwings has been involved in an incident at approximately 11 hours (11 hours local time) today (24th March 2015) at / near Nice. Flight 4U 9525 was a scheduled flight travelling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. There were 142 passengers and 6 crew members registered on flight 4U 9525. At this point, no additional information is available. Germanwings is conducting a full investigation.
Airbus released a statement with details of the downed aircraft: The aircraft involved in the accident, registered under D-AIPX was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 147 delivered to Lufthansa from the production line in 1991. The aircraft had accumulated approximately 58,300 flight hours in some 46,700 flights. It was powered by CFM 56-5A1 engines.