The Germanwings flight 4U 9525 was carrying 144 passengers and six crew on its way to Dusseldorf in Germany, when the Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps according to police and officials after departing from Barcelona at 10:01 (French Time).
The crash happened between Barcelonnette and Digne, data showed the aircraft dropped in altitude but speed did not drop. It has also been reported there were 67 Germans on board the flight, but this number could change. Data also shows that the plane descended for 8 minutes after dropping 40,000 to 10,000 feet.
The captain of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 had more than 10 years flying experience with the company.
Debris of the aircraft has spread over 5 acres of the French Alps, emergency services are at the scene and investigations are underway. BBC News reports the aircraft sent a distress call at 10:47 (09:47 GMT) according to the French interior ministry. More official news to come as the story unfolds.
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