Plane wreckage spotted and no survivors likely
GN Bureau | March 24, 2015
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%.
After its withdrawal from Meghalaya and Arunachal, is it time to review AFSPA in other areas too?
There is an uncanny similarity in the pathological opposition to prime minister Narendra Modi by two members of the right wing, Pravin Togadia and Yashwant Sinha. They come from a diverse social and political background; yet they share a common strand that shows an unmitigated hatred towards
Data is the new oil; and it needs to be protected. In an interaction with Governance Now, Lionel Baraban, CEO of Famoco, talks about how the French tech firm is developing secure business devices to safeguard data against going to other countries. What are the major roles o
Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) and MTU, Germany have agreed to cooperate in the local manufacturing of technologically-advanced MTU series 8000 engines in India. Under the agreement, which was signed at India’s leading defence trade show Defexpo-18, the companies will manufacture the 16-
ONGC sportspersons outshone other participants in their respective categories in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. ONGCians bagged 13 medals including 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 5 Bronze, contributing to the 66 medal tally of Team India. ONGCians Ragala Venkat Rah
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged an order for the renovation and modernisation (R&M) of electrostatic precipitators (ESP) at Ramagundam super thermal power station. The Rs 137 crore-turnkey-order envisages carrying out R&M of ESPs of three units of 200 MW each at Ra