Plane Crash in France Kills 150

KABUL: (Middle East Press) The Airbus A320 – flight 4U 9525 has been crashed into a mountainside in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren, officials say.

KABUL: (Middle East Press) The Airbus A320 – flight 4U 9525 has been crashed into a mountainside in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren, officials say.

The “black box” flight recorder has been found, France’s interior minister says. The cause of the crash is not known and the plane sent no distress signal during an eight-minute descent.

A recovery team reached the site, in a remote mountain ravine, earlier on Tuesday. Their work was called off in the evening and will resume at first light on Wednesday, added the interior minister.

In Washington, the White House said the crash did not appear to have been caused by a terrorist attack, while Lufthansa said it was working on the assumption that the tragedy had been an accident, adding that any other theory would be speculation.

Bruce Robin, a prosecutor from Marseille, told the Reuters news agency that he had seen the wreckage of the aircraft from a helicopter.

“The body of the plane is in a state of destruction, there is not one intact piece of wing or fuselage,” he said.

Germanwings confirmed its flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf went down with 144 passengers and six crew on board.

French police at the crash site about 2,000 meters (6,000 feet) above sea level said no one had survived and it would take days to recover the bodies due to difficult environment, snow and incoming storms.

It was the first crash of a large passenger jet on French soil since the Concorde disaster just outside Paris nearly 15 years ago. The A320 is a workhorse of aviation fleets and one of the world’s most used passenger jets.

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