French President Francois Hollande and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls confirm that an passenger aircraft of a German budget airline Germanwings crashed with 142 passengers, two pilots and four stewards, media reports say. “The conditions of the accident, which are not yet clear, suggest there would be no survivors in this tragedy that happened in France,” President Hollande said.
The aircraft was flying from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany.
The incident occurred at Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in southern France near a popular ski resort 5:47 pm Philippine time. “The accident happened in a zone that is particularly hard to access. It’s a tragedy on our soil,” the French President added. He is scheduled to talk with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Germanwings is an arm of Germany’s Lufthansa Airlines, Europe’s largest airline.
“We do not yet know what has happened to flight 4U 9525. My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of our passengers and crew on 4U 9525. If our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa. We hope to find survivors,” Lufthansa said as posted on their social networking page.