Plane carrying 148 people crashes in French Alps; no survivors expected

A plane carrying 148 people crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, AFP reported a civil aviation official as saying.

Germanwings flight GWI18G was flying from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany when the tragedy occurred.

The local La Provence newspaper said the Airbus A320 had two pilots, four cabin crew and 142 passengers on board.

French President Francois Hollande told reporters: "There are not thought to be any survivors."

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said: "The cause is at present unknown."

A spokesman for France's Directorate General for Civil Aviation​ said the airplane crashed near the town of Barcelonnette about 100 km north of the French Riviera city of Nice.

Germanwings is a budget airline owned by Lufthansa.

The airline had not confirmed the incident.




Sources: Reuters, AFP