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Europe Grieves In Wake Of Tragic Germanwings Crash (PHOTOS)

03/24/2015 04:41 pm ET | Updated Mar 24, 2015

A plane traveling from Spain to Germany went down over a remote area of the French Alps on Tuesday. No one is believed to have survived the crash.

The Airbus A320 plane, operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline, was on its way from Barcelona to Düsseldorf when it went into a rapid decline and lost radar contact. The plane crashed in the French Alps, about 65 miles north of the coastal city of Nice.

Aboard the plane were 144 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants. Dozens of Germans and Spanish nationals were among the victims, as well as two Australians, one Belgian and one Dutch national. The victims include a group of German high school students who were traveling home after participating in an exchange program with a Spanish school.

People across Europe mourned the victims of the tragic crash on Tuesday. "The grief of the families and friends is immeasurable," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after surveying the crash site. "We must now stand together. We are united in our great grief."

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    A student lights a candle in front of the Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium in Haltern, western Germany Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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    Students gather at a memorial of flowers and candles in front of the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium secondary school in Haltern am See, western Germany on March 24, 2015, from where some of the Germanwings plane crash victims came. (SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Aerial view of crash site of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 in Seyne Les Alpes on March 24, 2015 in Seyne Les Alpes, France. (Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)
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    An electronic board displays non-status of Germanwings flight 4U9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf at Düsseldorf International Airport on March 24, 2015.
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    The family members of a victim clasp one another at Barcelona's El Prat airport on March 24, 2015.
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    Relatives of passengers of the Germanwings plane crashed in the French Alps arrives at Terminal 2 of the Barcelona El Prat airport on March 24, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.
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    A helicopter of the French civil security services flies near Seyne, south-eastern France, on March 24, 2015, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps.
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    Relatives of passengers of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps arrive at Terminal 2 of the Barcelona El Prat airport on March 24, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.
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    French President Francois Hollande accompanies Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia after their meeting at the Elysee Palace on March 24, 2015 in Paris, France.
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    People hold hands as they arrive at the airport in Düsseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
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    French emergency services workers (back) and members of the French gendarmerie gather in Seyne, south-eastern France, on March 24, 2015, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps.
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    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (C) is sheltered from the rain upon his arrival in Seyne, south-eastern France, on March 24, 2015, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps.
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    French MPs hold a minute of silence in memory of the 150 people who died in a Germanwings airliner crash during a session of questions to the government at the National Assembly in Paris on March 24, 2015.
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