PARIS NEWS: Germanwings Plane crash, killing all 150 on board

PARIS NEWS – The final crash site is at Meolans-Revels, near the popular ski resort of Pra Loup, according to Eric Ciotti, the head of the regional council in southeast France. The crash site has an altitude of about 2,000 metres (6,550 feet).

Passengers and crew

There were a total of 150 people on board flight 4U9525: 144 passengers and six crew members. Authorities said 67 German nationals were believed among the victims and Spanish government spokesperson said that 45 passengers had Spanish names.

Two Australians and one person each from the Netherlands, Turkey and Denmark were onboard. In Japan, the government said two Japanese citizens were believed to be on the plane. Belgium counted at least one of its nationals.

The passenger manifest included two babies, Germanwings said.

A group of German high school students returning from an exchange in Spain was also on board the flight, a German official said.

The 16 students along with two teachers from the town of Haltern am See had been visiting a school about 45 minutes from Barcelona.

As emergency workers suspended recovery operations for the night, there was still little clue as to what caused the crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320 in a remote area of the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 on board

A black box has been recovered from the crash site, where rescue efforts have been hampered by the mountainous terrain. Local MP Christophe Castaner, meanwhile, described the crash site as “horrendous” and said that “nothing is left but debris and bodies”.

Here is what we know about the crash so far. You can also read our live blog on the day’s events by clicking this link.


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