An Airbus A320 plane operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airlines, crashed in Southern France, leaving 148 people, including 142 passengers dead. French President Francois Hollande confirmed that there were no survivors in the crash and rescue teams were rushed to the crash site at Meolans-Revels.
The plane had taken off from Barcelona (Spain) and was heading towards Dusseldorf (Germany). One of the pilots of the aircraft had reportedly sent a distress signal before the crash.
The crashed A320 is 24 years old and had been with the parent Lufthansa group since 1991. “Flight #4U9525 was descending with a rate of about 3000-4000 feet per minute, which is quite standard for an airport approach… Flight #4U9525 initially climbed to 38,000 feet before before it started to descend and lost signal at 6,800 feet,” Flight Radar 24 tweeted.
“Germanwings A320 D-AIPX is one of the oldest A320 with serial number 0147 and was delivered in Nov 1990,” it further tweeted.