German Airbus crashes in France with 148 on board

Plane wreckage spotted and no survivors likely

GN Bureau | March 24, 2015


#Airbus   #Lufthansa   #Germanwings   #France   #aircraft   #crash   #plane   #Alps  

An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona (Spain) to Duesseldorf (Germany).

French police have confirmed that AirbusA320 passenger jet has crashed in South France near Digne with 142 passengers, 2 pilots, 4 crew members onboard. 

According to French president François Hollande many of the victims were German. “The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, suggest that there might not be any survivors,” he said.

Germanwings and Lufthansa were not immediately available for a comment. Airbus had no immediate comment.

Early reports indicate that the aircraft’s radar signal was lost near Digne et Barcelonnette in south-west France.

The wreckage of the aircraft has been located by a French military helicopter near the town of Prads-Haute-Bléone.

The pilots declared an emergency at 10:47 am local time and descended rapidly to around 5,000 feet from a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet, while flying over Barcelonnette in the Alpes de Haute Provence region.

The A320 is one of Airbus’s biggest selling aircraft, with nearly 3,900 delivered and almost 7,600 ordered in total.

The single aisle, twin-engine jet typically seats about 150 passengers in a two-class cabin or 180 in high-density layouts for shorter or charter routes.

Meanwhile, shares in Lufthansa and Airbus fell sharply in Europe as news broke that an A320 passenger jet had crashed in the French Alps. The shares in pan-European plane-maker Airbus fell 4.9%, with Lufthansa dropping by 4.1%.

Comments

 

Other News

‘Let the full court be the master of the roster’

Four senior judges of the supreme court have publicly made serious allegations against the chief justice of India. Will it have wider impact on judicial discipline? I think so. I think the CJI will have to take note of it and rectify the mistakes he was making.

Two die in a fire incident at ICOL’s Naphtha cracker unit

Two people were killed in the fire that broke out at the Polyethylene Swing Unit of Panipat Naphtha Cracker Complex on January 22. As a precautionary measure, the swing unit is temporarily under shutdown. Indian Oil Corporation said that five persons working in the nearby area came in

Nurturing the girl child

India is the most dangerous place in the world to be born as a baby girl. It has the dubious distinction of having 75% more chances of girl children aged between 1-5 years dying as compared to boy children. India is among the fastest growing economies in the world, with a contradicting child sex ratio worl

HUDCO organises 37th international training programme

The trainees of 37th International Training Programme on ‘Planning and Management of Urban Services’, organised by HUDCO’s Human Settlement Management Institute, interacted with HUDCO’s CMD, M Ravi Kanth. The training programme started on January 15 and would end on March 9.

Modi at Davos: On how to realise the dream of a beautiful shared future

Prime minister Narendra Modi underlined the need for a consensus among the nation to realise the dream of a beautiful shared future, as he addressed the plenary session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on Tuesday. After introductory remarks by the Forum`s founder and executive chai

RECTPCL hands over SPV to Power Grid Corp

REC Transmission Projects Company Ltd (RECTPCL), a subsidiary of Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd (REC), has handed over project specific special purpose vehicle (SPV) namely ERSS XXI Transmission Ltd to Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL). Competing alongside with the private p

Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter