Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Appears To Have Crashed Plane Deliberately

03/26/2015 08:08 am ET | Updated Mar 26, 2015

PARIS/SEYNE-LES-ALPES, March 26 (Reuters) - A young German co-pilot locked himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself, prosecutors said on Thursday.

French prosecutors offered no motive for why 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz apparently took the controls of the Airbus A320, locked the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately set it veering down from cruising altitude at 3,000 feet per minute.

German police were searching his home for evidence that might offer some explanation for what was behind Tuesday's crash in the French Alps.

French and German officials said there was no indication he was a terrorist. Acquaintances described Lubitz as an affable young man who had given no sign of harboring harmful intent.

According to Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, Lubitz acted "for a reason we cannot fathom right now but which looks like intent to destroy this aircraft."

Setting the plane's controls for rapid descent was an act that "could only have been voluntary," Robin said. "He had... no reason to stop the pilot-in-command from coming back into the cockpit. He had no reason to refuse to answer to the air controller who was alerting him on the loss of altitude."

The captain, who had stepped out of the cockpit, probably to use the toilet, tried to force his way back in: "You can hear banging to try to smash the door down," Robin said.

Describing sound recordings from one of the plane's black boxes, Robin said most of the passengers would not have been aware of their fate until the very end.

"Only towards the end do you hear screams," he said. "And bear in mind that death would have been instantaneous...the aircraft was literally smashed to bits."

FlightRadar24, an online air tracking service that uses satellite data, said it had found evidence the autopilot was abruptly switched from cruising height to maintain an altitude of just 100 feet, the lowest possible setting. The plane crashed at about 6,000 feet.

"Between 09:30:52 and 09:30:55 you can see that the autopilot was manually changed from 38,000 feet to 100 feet and 9 seconds later the aircraft started to descend, probably with the 'open descent' autopilot setting," Fredrik Lindahl, chief executive of the Swedish tracking service, said.

The CEO of Lufthansa, parent company of Germanwings, said its air crew were picked carefully and subjected to psychological vetting.

"No matter your safety regulations, no matter how high you set the bar, and we have incredibly high standards, there is no way to rule out such an event," CEO Carsten Spohr said.

Attention will now focus on the motivations of Lubitz, a German national who joined the budget carrier in September 2013 and had just 630 hours of flying time - compared with the 6,000 hours of the flight captain, named in German media only as "Patrick S." in accordance with usual practice.

"SUICIDE" THE WRONG WORD

Robin said there were no grounds to suspect that Lubitz was carrying out a terrorist attack. "Suicide" was also the wrong word to describe actions which killed so many other people, the prosecutor added: "I don't necessarily call it suicide when you have responsibility for 100 or so lives."

The family of the co-pilot arrived in France for a tribute alongside other victims but was being kept apart from the others, Robin said.

Police set up guard outside Lubitz's house in Montabaur, Germany. Acquaintances in the town said they were stunned.

"I'm just speechless. I don't have any explanation for this. Knowing Andreas, this is just inconceivable for me," said Peter Ruecker, a long-time member of the local flight club where Lubitz received his flying license years ago.

"He was a lot of fun, even though he was perhaps sometimes a bit quiet. He was just another boy like so many others here."

A photo on Lubitz's Facebook page, which was later taken down, shows a smiling young man posing in front of San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge.

Robin said the conversation between the two pilots before the captain left the cockpit started normally but that Lubitz's replies became "laconic" as they started readying what would have been the normal descent to the airport of Duesseldorf.

"His responses become very brief. There is no proper exchange as such," he said.

Investigators were still searching for the second of the two black boxes on Thursday in the ravine where the plane crashed, 100 km (65 miles) from Nice, which would contain data from the plane's instruments.

Pilots may temporarily leave the cockpit at certain times and in certain circumstances, such as while the aircraft is cruising, according to German aviation law.

Cockpit doors can be opened from the outside with a code, in line with regulations introduced after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, but the code can be overridden from inside the cockpit. Lufthansa's CEO said that either the pilot had entered the code incorrectly, or the co-pilot inside had overridden it.

Germanwings said 72 Germans were killed in the first major air passenger disaster on French soil since the 2000 Concorde accident just outside Paris. Madrid revised down on Thursday the number of Spanish victims to 50 from 51 previously.

As well as Germans and Spaniards, victims included three Americans, a Moroccan and citizens of Britain, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Iran and the Netherlands, officials said. However, DNA checks to identify them could take weeks, the French government said.

The families of victims were being flown to Marseille on Thursday before being taken up to the zone close to the crash site. Chapels had been prepared for them with a view of the mountain where their relatives died.

26/03/2015 17:46 GMT

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26/03/2015 17:11 GMT

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26/03/2015 15:42 GMT

Merkel: Crash Findings 'Beyond Power Of Imagination'

26/03/2015 15:24 GMT

Nancy Pelosi Addresses Germanwings Crash

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke about the plane crash on Thursday.

"For a long time many of us have questioned if there should be something more between passengers and the cockpit," Pelosi told reporters Thursday.

"But even if we had a bigger gate, it would not have prevented this as far as we know," she added. "It does bring up the subject again."

Pelosi said this incident is "highly unusual," but does expose potential "vulnerability" of the cock pit on an airplane.

-- Laura Barron-Lopez & Paige Lavender

26/03/2015 14:57 GMT

France Asks FBI To Help In Crash Investigation

26/03/2015 14:37 GMT

Airbus Issues Statement

26/03/2015 14:27 GMT

Families Told Co-Pilot Crashed Plane

NBC's Chief Global Correspondent Bill Neely reports:

26/03/2015 14:23 GMT

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26/03/2015 14:17 GMT

Video: Crash Recovery Operation Continues

26/03/2015 14:14 GMT

Lufthansa CEO: Suicide Is Not The Right Description

In response to a question on whether the pilot's actions were suicide, Carsten Spohr told the press briefing: "I'm no lawyer and I don't want to settle on a specific word, but I would say if if you cause the death of 149 people along with you, it's something other than suicide."

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Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa: \"We're stunned… in our worst nightmares we couldn't have imagined this.\"

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Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa: \"We're stunned… in our worst nightmares we couldn't have imagined this.\"

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Germanwings CEO gives press conference. Watch it here.

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Germanwings CEO gives press conference. Watch it here.

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German police deployed to what's thought to be #Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's home http://t.co/l0G6n0Dnnd pic.twitter.com/IIByHpjvIG

— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 26, 2015

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German police deployed to what's thought to be #Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's home http://t.co/l...Read More"},{"id":"152","created":"26/03/2015 13:10 GMT","title":"Germanwings Issues Statement","tweet_link":"152_germanwings-issues-statement","entry_text":"

We are shaken by the upsetting statements of the French authorities. 1/3

— Germanwings (@germanwings) March 26, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and friends of the victims. 2/3

— Germanwings (@germanwings) March 26, 2015

The next press conference will take place this afternoon at 2.30 pm (German time). 3/3

— Germanwings (@germanwings) March 26, 2015

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We are shaken by the upsetting statements of the French authorities. 1/3

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The Latest: German security chief says there are no indications Germanwings co-pilot had terrorist background: http://t.co/4r5wVUpVbV

— The Associated Press (@AP) March 26, 2015

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The Latest: German security chief says there are no indications Germanwings co-pilot had terrorist background: http://t.co/4r5wVUpVbV

— The Asso...Read More"},{"id":"148","created":"26/03/2015 12:33 GMT","title":"Breathing Heard From Co-Pilot Was 'Normal'","tweet_link":"148_breathing-heard-from-copilot-was-normal","entry_text":"

Prosecutor says breathing of #Germanwings co-pilot heard on voice recorder when he is alone is "normal" #CrashA320

— Aurélien Breeden (@aurelienbrd) March 26, 2015

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Prosecutor says breathing of #Germanwings co-pilot heard on voice recorder when he is alone is "normal" Read More"},{"id":"146","created":"26/03/2015 12:30 GMT","title":"Co-Pilot Was 28 Years Old","tweet_link":"146_copilot-was-28-years-old","entry_text":"

The New York Times' Aurelien Breeden reports:

#Germanwings co-pilot was 28 years old, prosecutor says.

— Aurélien Breeden (@aurelienbrd) March 26, 2015

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The New York Times' Aurelien Breeden reports:

#Germanwings co-pilot was 28 years old, prosecutor says.

— Aurélien Breeden (@au...Read More"},{"id":"144","created":"26/03/2015 12:25 GMT","title":"Passengers Could Be Heard Screaming Before Crash","tweet_link":"144_passengers-could-be-heard-screaming-before-crash","entry_text":"

The Latest: French prosecutor says passengers on Germanwings flight could be heard screaming just before crash: http://t.co/LeBEZVlGEU

— The Associated Press (@AP) March 26, 2015

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The Latest: French prosecutor says passengers on Germanwings flight could be heard screaming just before crash: http://t.co/LeBEZVlGEU

— The Ass...Read More"},{"id":"142","created":"26/03/2015 12:24 GMT","title":"Prosecutor Identifies Co-Pilot As Andreas Lubitz","tweet_link":"142_prosecutor-identifies-copilot-as-andreas-lubitz","entry_text":"

#BREAKING Prosecutor identifies jet crash co-pilot as Andreas Lubitz

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) March 26, 2015

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#BREAKING Prosecutor identifies jet crash co-pilot as Andreas Lubitz

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) Read More"},{"id":"140","created":"26/03/2015 12:23 GMT","title":"Plane Hit Mountain At 700km","tweet_link":"140_plane-hit-mountain-at-700km","entry_text":"

ABC News correspondent Hamish MacDonald reports on Twitter:

#breaking Marseille Prosecutor says the crashed #Germanwings plane hit the mountain at 700km per hour and all on board died instantly

— Hamish Macdonald (@hamishNews) March 26, 2015

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ABC News correspondent Hamish MacDonald reports on Twitter:

#breaking Marseille Prosecutor says the crashed Read More"},{"id":"138","created":"24/03/2015 22:42 GMT","title":"Brits Aboard?","tweet_link":"138_brits-aboard","entry_text":"

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says "likely some British nationals" on board crashed #Germanwings flight http://t.co/dv0X5PFmuv

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 24, 2015

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Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says "likely some British nationals" on board crashed #Germanwings flight Read More"},{"id":"136","created":"24/03/2015 22:17 GMT","title":"Spanish Town Mourns Exchange Students","tweet_link":"136_spanish-town-mourns-exchange-students","entry_text":"

The Associated Press reports:

Hundreds of students, parents and townspeople from a small Spanish town have gathered at a weekly mass to mourn a group of German exchange students who died in the plane crash over the French Alps after visiting the town.

The mass at a local church turned into an unofficial outpouring of grief for the students and their two teachers who were among the 150 people who died in the crash Tuesday.

Andrea Perez Martinez, 20, who had participated in the exchange with the German school in Haltern four years ago came to mourn the loss of one of the two teachers, whom she identified as Claudia.

\"This really hurts because the teacher, one of the two that died, was with us on the trips we took and everything when we went there,\" Perez Martinez said.

The Spanish school that hosted the German students, Institut Giola, said in a statement: \"We extend our condolences to the victims of this tragic accident as well as the educational community of the Joseph-Konig-Gymnasium\" in Germany.

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The Associated Press reports:

Hundreds of students, pa...Read More"},{"id":"134","created":"24/03/2015 22:13 GMT","title":"What You Need To Know About The A320's Safety Record","tweet_link":"134_what-you-need-to-know-about-the-a320s-safety-record","entry_text":"

VIDEO: AP airlines reporter @GlobeTrotScott talks about Airbus A320 safety record: http://t.co/6tQW93zMrQ (Corrects Twitter handle)

— The Associated Press (@AP) March 24, 2015

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#BREAKING: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed that two Australians were on board the #Germanwings flight

— SBS News (@SBSNews) March 24, 2015

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#BREAKING: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed that two Australians were on board the Read More"},{"id":"130","created":"24/03/2015 20:42 GMT","title":"Report: Crashed Plane Was Held On Monday Due To 'Technical Problems'","tweet_link":"130_report-crashed-plane-was-held-on-monday-due-to-technical-problems","entry_text":"

Flight 4U9525 was held on the tarmac in Düsseldorf for several hours Monday due to technical problems, Der Spiegel reports. Lufthansa confirmed to FOCUS Online that there were \"irregularities\" with the Nose Landing Door, but said that the problems were resolved.

\"The plane was serviced and took off in proper condition,\" a Lufthansa spokesperson told the BILD newspaper.

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Pilots and cabin personnel on several Germanwings flights have elected not to fly in light of Tuesday's crash, according to the BILD Zeitung, leading to about 30 flight cancellations so far.

\"The crews don't want to fly for personal reasons,\" a spokesperson for Germanwings parent company Lufthansa told the German newspaper.

Other Lufthansa flights have also been canceled, according to Der Spiegel.

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After flying over the crash scene late on Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier described the site as \"a picture of horror,\" the Associated Press reports.

\"The grief of the families and friends is immeasurable. We must now stand together. We are united in our great grief,\" Steinmeier said.

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After flying over the crash scene late on Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier described the site as \"a picture of horror,\" Read More"},{"id":"124","created":"24/03/2015 20:01 GMT","title":"Two Artists Among The Victims","tweet_link":"124_two-artists-among-the-victims","entry_text":"

The Associated Press reports:

A Spanish opera house says a second singer, German contralto Maria Radner along with her husband and baby, were among the 150 victims of the plane crash in the French Alps.

Earlier Tuesday, an opera house in Duesseldorf said bass baritone Oleg Bryjak was on the plane which crashed on its way from Barcelona in Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany.

Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu said Radner, like Bryjak, had performed in its production of Richard Wagner's \"Siegfried.\"

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The Associated Press reports:

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Aerial views of crash site of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 in Seyne Les Alpes on March 24, 2015 in Seyne Les Alpes, France.

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Aerial views of crash site of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 in Seyne Les Alpes on March 24, 2015 in Seyne Les Alpes, France.

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Steiler Sinkflug ab 10.46 Uhr: #grafik über die Flughöhe von #Germanwings #4U9525 #Barcelonnette pic.twitter.com/GlhkEnx7uw

— ZDF heute (@ZDFheute) March 24, 2015

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Students and well wishers gather at a memorial of candles and flowers 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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Two girls hug in front of the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium in Haltern, western Germany Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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BREAKING: Lufthansa vice president: Company currently considers the Germanwings plane crash an accident.

— The Associated Press (@AP)
March 24, 2015

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BREAKING: Lufthansa vice president: Company currently considers the Germanwings plane crash an accident.

— The Associated Press (@AP) Read More"},{"id":"114","created":"24/03/2015 17:12 GMT","title":"Local Officials Tell CNN Germanwings Plane Was Obliterated","tweet_link":"114_local-officials-tell-cnn-germanwings-plane-was-obliterated","entry_text":"

Vaughn Sterling, Senior Producer of CNN's The Situation Room, shares on Twitter:

Local official tells CNN the Germanwings plane is completely obliterated, with human remains strewn hundreds of meters -@HalaGorani

— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) March 24, 2015

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Vaughn Sterling, Senior Producer of CNN's The Situation Room, shares on Twitter:

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Air news monitor AirLive.net shares the footage:

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Air news monitor AirLive.net shares the footage:

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More from Reuters on the black box:

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 24 (Reuters) - French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Monday that one of the black boxes from the Germanwings plane that crashed in the Alps has been found.

\"A black box that we found a few hours after the crash will immediately be examined to help the investigation move forward quickly,\" he told reporters.

He said the crash site would be secured this evening to ensure emergency services could more easily enter the area.

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More from Reuters on the black box:

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 24 (Reuters) - French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Monday that one of the black boxes from the Germanwings plane that crashed in the Alps has been foun...Read More"},{"id":"108","created":"24/03/2015 17:02 GMT","title":"White House: Crash Doesn't Appear To Be Terror-Related","tweet_link":"108_white-house-crash-doesnt-appear-to-be-terrorrelated","entry_text":"

The White House said on Tuesday that the Germanwings crash in the French Alps does not appear to be a terror-related incident.

More from Reuters:

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) - The crash of a Germanwings Airbus plane in a remote area of the French Alps on Tuesday does not appear to have been caused by a terror attack, White House said, adding that U.S. officials stand ready to help investigate.

\"There is no indication of a nexus to terrorism at this time,\" National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said.

President Barack Obama has been briefed on the crash and \"U.S. officials have been in touch with French, German, and Spanish authorities and have offered assistance,\" she said.

The State Department is reviewing whether any U.S. citizens were on the flight operated by Germanwings, Lufthansa's budget airline.

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The White House said on Tuesday that the Germanwings crash in the French Alps does not appear to be a terror-related incident.

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BREAKING: French interior minister: A black box has been found at plane crash site in French Alps.

— The Associated Press (@AP) March 24, 2015

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BREAKING: French interior minister: A black box has been found at plane crash site in French Alps.

— The Associated Press (@AP) Read More"},{"id":"104","created":"24/03/2015 16:51 GMT","title":"Flags Being Flown At Half Mast At Germanwings Headquarters","tweet_link":"104_flags-being-flown-at-half-mast-at-germanwings-headquarters","entry_text":"

The Wall Street Journal's Hendrik Varnholt reports:

Flags in front of #Germanwings headquarters at half mast. #4U9525 pic.twitter.com/VTysMHKUrZ

— Hendrik Varnholt (@HendrikVarnholt) March 24, 2015

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The Wall Street Journal's Hendrik Varnholt reports:

Flags in front of #Germanwings headquarters at half mast. Read More"},{"id":"102","created":"24/03/2015 16:50 GMT","title":"PHOTO: Memorial At School Of Crash Victims","tweet_link":"102_photo-memorial-at-school-of-crash-victims","entry_text":"

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Young girls stand on March 24, 2014 in front of the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium secondary school in Haltern am See, western Germany, from where some of the Germanwings plane crash victims came. Sixteen German teenagers and two teachers on a school exchange trip were assumed to be among the 150 dead in the crash of a passenger jet in the French Alps, officials said.

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Prime Minister Manuel Valls shared a photo of the meeting on Twitter:

Avec le président et au côté de Felipe VI pour coordonner les services de l'État mobilisés face à la tragédie. pic.twitter.com/zyYzmIxSfP

— Manuel Valls (@manuelvalls) March 24, 2015

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Prime Minister Manuel Valls shared a photo of the meeting on Twitter:

Avec le président et au côté de Felipe VI pour coordonner les services de l'État mobilisés face à la tragé...Read More"},{"id":"98","created":"24/03/2015 16:32 GMT","title":"French Police Tweet Graphic Of The Crash Site:","tweet_link":"98_french-police-tweet-graphic-of-the-crash-site","entry_text":"

#Germanwings La zone du #CrashA320 du vol #4U9525 est bouclée. Le survol aérien y est interdit par arrêté préfectoral pic.twitter.com/3qJC8G2tmR

— GendarmerieNationale (@Gendarmerie) March 24, 2015

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#Germanwings La zone du #CrashA320 du vol Read More"},{"id":"96","created":"24/03/2015 16:14 GMT","title":"Images Show Germanwings Crash Site ","tweet_link":"96_images-show-germanwings-crash-site-","entry_text":"

Photos obtained by France's La Provence show the area of the Germanwings crash site:

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Photos obtained by France's La Provence show the area of the Germanwings crash site:

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The United States is reviewing whether Americans were aboard the crashed Germanwings plane. Reuters reports:

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) - The United States is reviewing whether any U.S. citizens were aboard the Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

\"The United States stands ready to offer assistance and support to the governments of France, Germany, and Spain as they investigate this tragedy,\" department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in the statement.

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The United States is reviewing whether Americans were aboard the crashed Germanwings plane. Reuters reports:

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) - The United States is reviewing whether any U.S. citizens were aboard the Airbus operated by...Read More"},{"id":"92","created":"24/03/2015 16:04 GMT","title":"Germanwings Issues Statement Via Twitter","tweet_link":"92_germanwings-issues-statement-via-twitter","entry_text":"

We must confirm to our deepest regret that Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf has suffered an accident over the 1/5

— Germanwings (@germanwings) March 24, 2015

French Alps. The flight was being operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft, and was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members. 2/5

— Germanwings (@germanwings) March 24, 2015

Lufthansa and Germanwings have established a telephone hotline. The toll-free 0800 11 33 55 77 number is available to all the families 3/5

— Germanwings (@germanwings) March 24, 2015

of the passengers involved for care and assistance. Everyone at Germanwings and Lufthansa is deeply shocked and saddened 4/5

— Germanwings (@germanwings) March 24, 2015

by these events. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew members. 5/5

— Germanwings (@germanwings) March 24, 2015

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We must confirm to our deepest regret that Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf has suffered an accident over the 1/5

— Germanwings (@germanwings) Read More"},{"id":"90","created":"24/03/2015 15:40 GMT","title":"'The Plane Is Completely Destroyed'","tweet_link":"90_the-plane-is-completely-destroyed","entry_text":"

French official Christophe Castaner visited the crash site on Tuesday and tweeted some of his impressions. \"There's nothing left but debris and corpses,\" Castaner said in one tweet. \"The plane is completely destroyed,\" he said in another.

Survol avec le ministre de l'intérieur de la zone du crach, une horreur. L'avion est totalement détruit. Tristesse. #GermanWings #A320

— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) March 24, 2015

#Barcelonnette #GermanWings #Digne #A320 Images épouvantables dans ce paysage de montagne. Il ne reste rien que des débris et des corps.

— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) March 24, 2015

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French official Christophe Castaner visited the crash site on Tuesday and tweeted some of his impressions. \"There's nothing left but debris and corpses,\" Castaner said in one tweet. \"The plane is completely destroyed,\" he said in another.

Read More"},{"id":"88","created":"24/03/2015 15:10 GMT","title":"More On The Plane's Distress Call","tweet_link":"88_more-on-the-planes-distress-call","entry_text":"

More on the distress call from Reuters:

PARIS, March 24 (Reuters) - A Germanwings jetliner that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday did not issue a distress call during its rapid descent, France's aviation regulator said.

\"The aircraft did not itself make a distress call but it was the combination of the loss of radio contact and the aircraft's descent which led the controller to implement the distress phase,\" a spokesman for the DGAC authority said.

The \"distress\" phase is the third and most serious of three stages of alerts used to help coordinate rescue efforts when an aircraft is considered in difficulty.

Earlier, the DGAC had said the aircraft issued a distress call at 1047 local time (0947 GMT) while descending from 38,000 feet to 5,000 feet.

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More on the distress call from Reuters:

PARIS, March 24 (Reuters) - A Germanwings jetliner that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday did not issue a distress call during its rapid descent, France's aviation regulator said.

\"Th...Read More"},{"id":"86","created":"24/03/2015 14:49 GMT","title":"Helicopter Reportedly Landed Near Crash Site, Found No Survivors","tweet_link":"86_helicopter-reportedly-landed-near-crash-site-found-no-survivors","entry_text":"

The Latest: French Prime Minister says helicopter landed near site of plane crash, but found no survivors: http://t.co/SbsH2TxChN

— The Associated Press (@AP) March 24, 2015

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The Latest: French Prime Minister says helicopter landed near site of plane crash, but found no survivors: http://t.co/SbsH2TxChN

— The Associated Press (@AP) ...Read More"},{"id":"84","created":"24/03/2015 14:48 GMT","title":"67 Germans Believed To Be On Board","tweet_link":"84_67-germans-believed-to-be-on-board","entry_text":"

Officials stated that 67 German nationals are thought to have been on board the Germanwings flight, reports The Associated Press.

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Officials stated that 67 German nationals are thought to have been on board the Germanwings flight, Read More"},{"id":"82","created":"24/03/2015 14:43 GMT","title":"German School Confirms 16 Schoolchildren, 2 Teachers On Board","tweet_link":"82_german-school-confirms-16-schoolchildren-2-teachers-on-board","entry_text":"

German school confirms there were 16 schoolchildren on plane:

16 pupils & 2 teachers from German school were on board #Germanwings flight, school confirms http://t.co/pd5pei8afY pic.twitter.com/mNHdsTAaas

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 24, 2015

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German school confirms there were 16 schoolchildren on plane:

16 pupils & 2 teachers from German school were on board #Germanwings flig...Read More"},{"id":"80","created":"24/03/2015 14:43 GMT","title":"French PM: No Hypothesis Can Be Ruled Out","tweet_link":"80_french-pm-no-hypothesis-can-be-ruled-out","entry_text":"

\"At this stage, of course no hypothesis can be ruled out\" concerning the crash of flight 4U9525, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said before the Assemblée Nationale.

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\"At this stage, of course no hypothesis can be ruled out\" concerning the crash of flight 4U9525, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Read More"},{"id":"78","created":"24/03/2015 14:42 GMT","title":"PHOTO: French Government Holds Moment Of Silence","tweet_link":"78_photo-french-government-holds-moment-of-silence","entry_text":"

\"france

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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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.

"},{"id":"76","created":"24/03/2015 14:20 GMT","title":"Recover Of Bodies Could 'Take Days'","tweet_link":"76_recover-of-bodies-could-take-days","entry_text":"

Recovery of bodies from France plane crash will "take days" due to difficult terrain: French police at crash site. http://t.co/qxBwXBZoWR

— Reuters Live (@ReutersLive) March 24, 2015

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Recovery of bodies from France plane crash will "take days" due to difficult terrain: French police at crash site. http://t.co/qxBwXBZoWR

&m...Read More"},{"id":"74","created":"24/03/2015 14:14 GMT","title":"Plane Went Into An 8-Minute Descent Before Crash","tweet_link":"74_plane-went-into-an-8minute-descent-before-crash","entry_text":"

BREAKING: Germanwings CEO: plane went into 8-minute descent before crashing.

— The Associated Press (@AP) March 24, 2015

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BREAKING: Germanwings CEO: plane went into 8-minute descent before crashing.

— The Associated Press (@AP) March 24, 2015Read More"},{"id":"72","created":"24/03/2015 14:13 GMT","title":"2 Babies Reported Among Passengers On Board","tweet_link":"72_2-babies-reported-among-passengers-on-board","entry_text":"

2 babies were among 144 passengers on board crashed #Germanwings plane - @germanwings says in news briefing http://t.co/INhcBgUKHF

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 24, 2015

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2 babies were among 144 passengers on board crashed #Germanwings plane - @germanwingsRead More"},{"id":"70","created":"24/03/2015 14:12 GMT","title":"Watch Live: Germanwings Holds Press Conference","tweet_link":"70_watch-live-germanwings-holds-press-conference","entry_text":"

Germanwings delivers a press conference -- Watch Live Here

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Germanwings delivers a press conference -- Watch Live Here
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There are conflicting reports as to whether the Germanwings plane sent a distress signal before its crash. Earlier today, French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said that a distress signal was sent out by the Airbus at 10:45 am.

Later on Tuesday, however, civil aviation authorities stated \"the crew did not send a Mayday. It was air traffic control that decided to declare the plane was in distress because there was no contact with the crew of the plane,\" according to a report from Agence France Presse.

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There are conflicting reports as to whether the Germanwings plane sent a distress signal before its crash. Earlier today, French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said that Read More"},{"id":"66","created":"24/03/2015 14:01 GMT","title":"Weather Deteriorating In Search Area","tweet_link":"66_weather-deteriorating-in-search-area","entry_text":"

Weather deteriorating for #GermanWings #4U9525 search. Snow moving in above 1500m (4921 ft) in Southern French Alps pic.twitter.com/TCHDxy1lDB

— Hamish Macdonald (@hamishNews) March 24, 2015

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Weather deteriorating for #GermanWings #4U9525 search. Snow moving in a...Read More"},{"id":"64","created":"24/03/2015 14:01 GMT","title":"PHOTO: Emergency Crews In Seyne","tweet_link":"64_photo-emergency-crews-in-seyne","entry_text":"

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Helicopters of the French Air Force (back) and civil security services are seen 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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Helicopters of the French Air Force (back) and civil security services are seen 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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"},{"id":"62","created":"24/03/2015 14:00 GMT","title":"PHOTO: Emergency Services Prepare To Head To Scene","tweet_link":"62_photo-emergency-services-prepare-to-head-to-scene","entry_text":"

Briefing des #pompiersduVar avant le départ en renfort sur le crash de l'A320 #4U9525 dans le 04 pic.twitter.com/C8E2gJ4L3w

— Sapeurs Pompiers VAR (@SDIS83) March 24, 2015

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Briefing des #pompiersduVar avant le départ en renfort sur le crash de l'A320 #4U952...Read More"},{"id":"60","created":"24/03/2015 14:00 GMT","title":"Local Media Reports Schoolchildren May Have Been Aboard","tweet_link":"60_local-media-reports-schoolchildren-may-have-been-aboard","entry_text":"

Local news in Germany say 16 schoolchildren and their teachers may be among the passengers of the crash. However, that news has not been officially confirmed.

Local news in #Germany say 16 secondary school students and 2 teachers are thought to be amongst the crash victims #Germanwings

— katya adler (@BBCkatyaadler) March 24, 2015

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Local news in Germany say 16 schoolchildren and their teachers may be among the passengers of the crash. However, that news has not been officially confirmed.

Local news in Read More"},{"id":"58","created":"24/03/2015 13:50 GMT","title":"Key Facts About The A320","tweet_link":"58_key-facts-about-the-a320","entry_text":"

From The Associated Press:

Key facts about the A320:

—Similar to the Boeing 737, the single-aisle, twin-engine jet is used to connect cities that are between one and five hours apart.

—The A320 family of planes has a good safety record, with just 0.14 fatal accidents per million takeoffs, according to a Boeing safety analysis.

— Before Tuesday, the last crash of an A320 was AirAsia Flight 8501, which fell into the Java sea off the coast of Indonesia on Dec. 28.

—There are about 3,600 A320s in operation worldwide, according to Airbus.

—Airbus, a European plane-making and aerospace group, also makes nearly identical versions of the A320: the smaller A318 and A319 and the stretched A321. An additional 2,500 of those jets are flying.

—The plane is certified to fly up to 39,000 feet, its maximum altitude before its rate of climb begins to erode. The plane has an absolute flight limit of 42,000 feet. But it can begin to experience problems as low as 37,000 feet, depending on temperature and weight, including fuel, cargo and passengers.

","short_text":"

From The Associated Press:

Key facts about the A320:

—Similar to the Boeing 737, the single-aisle, twin-engi...Read More"},{"id":"56","created":"24/03/2015 13:50 GMT","title":"'Everyone Is Dead'","tweet_link":"56_everyone-is-dead","entry_text":"

\"There's no rescue mission anymore, everyone is dead,\" a policeman in Vernet, a few kilometers from the crash scene, told Le Figaro.

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\"There's no rescue mission anymore, everyone is dead,\" a policeman in Vernet, a few kilometers from the crash scene, Read More"},{"id":"54","created":"24/03/2015 13:45 GMT","title":"Photo: Arrivals Board At The Dusseldorf Airport","tweet_link":"54_photo-arrivals-board-at-the-dusseldorf-airport","entry_text":"

\"france\"

The arrivals board shows flight 4U 9525 without a status at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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The arrivals board shows flight 4U 9525 without a status at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

"},{"id":"52","created":"24/03/2015 13:43 GMT","title":"Merkel Traveling To Crash Site","tweet_link":"52_merkel-traveling-to-crash-site","entry_text":"

#BREAKING Merkel says will travel to French crash region on Wednesday

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) March 24, 2015

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#BREAKING Merkel says will travel to French crash region on Wednesday

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) Read More"},{"id":"50","created":"24/03/2015 13:34 GMT","title":"DPA: No Reason To Suspect Terrorism","tweet_link":"50_dpa-no-reason-to-suspect-terrorism","entry_text":"

German officials have not found any indication that terrorism played a role in the Germanwings crash, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports, citing intelligence sources.

","short_text":"

German officials have not found any indication that terrorism played a role in the Germanwings crash, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports, citing intelligenc...Read More"},{"id":"48","created":"24/03/2015 13:31 GMT","title":"Germanwings Sets Up Toll Free Number For Families","tweet_link":"48_germanwings-sets-up-toll-free-number-for-families","entry_text":"

The toll-free number 0800 11 33 55 77 (900 808 890 from Spain) is available to all the families of the passengers involved for assistance.

— Germanwings (@germanwings) March 24, 2015

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The toll-free number 0800 11 33 55 77 (900 808 890 from Spain) is available to all the families of the passengers involved for assistance.

— Germanwings (@germanwings) Read More"},{"id":"46","created":"24/03/2015 13:27 GMT","title":"Spanish King Expresses Solidarity With Families Of Victims","tweet_link":"46_spanish-king-expresses-solidarity-with-families-of-victims","entry_text":"

Los Reyes expresan solidaridad con las familias de las víctimas y agradecen ayuda de Francia http://t.co/czpLGsxazx pic.twitter.com/d7beOPrjrt

— Casa de S.M. el Rey (@CasaReal) March 24, 2015

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Los Reyes expresan solidaridad con las familias de las víctimas y agradecen ayuda de Francia http://t.co/czpLGsxazx pic.twitter.com/d7beO...Read More"},{"id":"44","created":"24/03/2015 13:20 GMT","title":"Angela Merkel Cancels All Appointments","tweet_link":"44_angela-merkel-cancels-all-appointments","entry_text":"

The German Prime Minister has canceled all prior engagements as she stays up to date on the crash, the Deutsche Presse Agentur reports. Merkel has been in touch with French President François Hollande and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

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The German Prime Minister has canceled all prior engagements as she stays up to date on the crash, the Deutsche Presse Agentur reports. Merkel has been in to...Read More"},{"id":"42","created":"24/03/2015 13:18 GMT","title":"Witness Describes Hearing Series Of Loud Noises","tweet_link":"42_witness-describes-hearing-series-of-loud-noises","entry_text":"

Camping ground owner Pierre Polizzi tells The Associated Press:

\"There are often fighter jets flying over, so I thought it sounded just like that. I looked outside but I couldn't see any fighter planes.\"

\"The noise I heard was long - like 8 seconds - as if the plane was going more slowly than a military plane speed. There was another long noise about 30 seconds later.\"

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Camping ground owner Pierre Polizzi tells The Associated Press:

\"There are often fighter jets flying over, so I thought it sounded just like that. I looked outside but I couldn't see any fighter planes.\"

\"The noise I heard was l...Read More"},{"id":"40","created":"24/03/2015 13:14 GMT","title":"Rescue Crews Assemble In Seyne","tweet_link":"40_rescue-crews-assemble-in-seyne","entry_text":"

[DIRECT] #CrashA320 - L'@Armee_de_lair et l'@armeedeterrefr viennent en renfort des #Secours - cc @Defense_gouv pic.twitter.com/JL3UVyAijA

— ActuSecours (@ActuSecours) March 24, 2015

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[DIRECT] #CrashA320 - L'@Armee_de_lair et l'@a...Read More"},{"id":"38","created":"24/03/2015 13:11 GMT","title":"Malaysia Airlines Tweets Their Support","tweet_link":"38_malaysia-airlines-tweets-their-support","entry_text":"

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of those onboard Flight 4U9525. We are with you, @Germanwings. #staystrong

— Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) March 24, 2015

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Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of those onboard Flight 4U9525. We are with you, @Germanwings. Read More"},{"id":"36","created":"24/03/2015 13:02 GMT","title":"No Passengers Appear To Be French, President Hollande Claims","tweet_link":"36_no-passengers-appear-to-be-french-president-hollande-claims","entry_text":"

French President Hollande said on Tuesday that none of the passengers aboard the plane appear to be French, although the president added that news has not been confirmed with certitude.

Read more at Le Huffington Post:

http://huff.to/19MBnjT

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French President Hollande said on Tuesday that none of the passengers aboard the plane appear to be French, although the president added that news has not been confirmed with certitude.

Read more at Le Huffington Post:

http://huff.to/19MBn...Read More"},{"id":"34","created":"24/03/2015 12:55 GMT","title":"People Waiting For Flight 4U 9525 Led Away At Airport","tweet_link":"34_people-waiting-for-flight-4u-9525-led-away-at-airport","entry_text":"

\"france\"

People waiting for flight 4U 9525 are led away by airport staff at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, after a Germanwings passenger jet carrying more than 140 people crashed in the French Alps region as it traveled from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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People waiting for flight 4U 9525 are led away by airport staff at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, after a Germanwings passenger jet carrying more than 140 people crashed in the French Alps region as it traveled fro...Read More"},{"id":"32","created":"24/03/2015 12:50 GMT","title":"Germanwings Darkens Its Social Media Logos","tweet_link":"32_germanwings-darkens-its-social-media-logos","entry_text":"

Twitter logo of @germanwings is blackened following #4U9525 crash pic.twitter.com/5dh5WAREJn

— reported.ly (@reportedly) March 24, 2015

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Twitter logo of @germanwings is blackened following #4U9525 crash pic.t...Read More"},{"id":"30","created":"24/03/2015 12:43 GMT","title":"144 Passengers And 6 Crew Reported To Be On Board","tweet_link":"30_144-passengers-and-6-crew-reported-to-be-on-board","entry_text":"

BBC News reports:

#Germanwings "sorry to confirm" 144 passengers & 6 crew on board flight #4U9525 when it crashed in French Alps http://t.co/inQlKOqZup

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 24, 2015

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BBC News reports:

#Germanwings "sorry to confirm" 144 passengers & 6 crew on board flight Read More"},{"id":"28","created":"24/03/2015 12:37 GMT","title":"Spain's Deputy PM: 45 Passengers Believed To Be Spanish","tweet_link":"28_spains-deputy-pm-45-passengers-believed-to-be-spanish","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

MADRID, March 24 (Reuters) - Some 45 people traveling on the Lufthansa operated Germanwings plane which crashed in a remote area of southern France on Tuesday had Spanish surnames, a spokesman for Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said.

\"The deputy prime minister said there were 45 people on board with Spanish surnames,\" the spokesman said.

All 148 people traveling on the plane are feared dead.

(Reporting by Andres Gonzalez; Writing by Paul Day; Editing by Sonya Dowsett)

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Reuters reports:

MADRID, March 24 (Reuters) - Some 45 people traveling on the Lufthansa operated Germanwings plane which crashed in a remote area of southern France on Tuesday had Spanish surnames, a spokesman for Spanish Deputy Prime...Read More"},{"id":"26","created":"24/03/2015 12:34 GMT","title":"French Prime Minister Meeting With Interior Minister","tweet_link":"26_french-prime-minister-meeting-with-interior-minister","entry_text":"

France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazenueve shared a photo on Twitter of a meeting with Prime Minister Manuel Valls in response to the crisis.

avec le Premier ministre @manuelvalls, réunion de la Cellule interministérielle de crise @Place_Beauvau pic.twitter.com/BjiIl65iKx

— Bernard Cazeneuve (@BCazeneuve) March 24, 2015

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France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazenueve shared a photo on Twitter of a meeting with Prime Minister Manuel Valls in response to the crisis.

avec le Premier ministre Read More"},{"id":"24","created":"24/03/2015 12:28 GMT","title":"Crash Site Reportedly Inaccessible To Ground Vehicles","tweet_link":"24_crash-site-reportedly-inaccessible-to-ground-vehicles","entry_text":"

The crash site of the Germanwings plane is reportedly inaccessible to ground vehicles, Agence France Presse reports.

#BREAKING Germanwings crash site 'inaccessible' to ground vehicles: minister

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) March 24, 2015

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The crash site of the Germanwings plane is reportedly inaccessible to ground vehicles, Agence France Presse reports.

#BREAKING...Read More"},{"id":"22","created":"24/03/2015 12:04 GMT","title":"Official: 'There Are No Survivors'","tweet_link":"22_official-there-are-no-survivors","entry_text":"

According to the press secretary for French Transportation Secretary Alain Vidal, a distress call was recorded at 10:47 a.m. This distress signal showed that the aircraft was at 5,000 feet, in an abnormal situation.

The crash took place \"shortly after this signal,\" Huffpost France reported.

\"There are no survivors,\" the press secretary said.

For more, click here.

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According to the press secretary for French Transportation Secretary Alain Vidal, a distress call was recorded at 10:47 a.m. This distress signal showed that the aircraft was at 5,000 feet, in an abnormal situation.

The Read More"},{"id":"20","created":"24/03/2015 12:03 GMT","title":"GIF: The Plane's Flight Path","tweet_link":"20_gif-the-planes-flight-path","entry_text":"

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"},{"id":"18","created":"24/03/2015 11:55 GMT","title":"EU Services Offers To Assist In Investigation","tweet_link":"18_eu-services-offers-to-assist-in-investigation","entry_text":"

Violeta Bulc, the European Commissioner for Transport, released the following statement on Twitter about the crash:

I have learned about the plane crash #4U9525 in France. Our thoughts are w/ families of passengers. EU services will assist in investigation

— Violeta Bulc (@Bulc_EU) March 24, 2015

.@Bulc_EU: Our thoughts are with the families of the passengers on board of #Germanwings #Airbus #A320 - http://t.co/DYmEa3Wc6p

— European Commission (@EU_Commission) March 24, 2015

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Violeta Bulc, the European Commissioner for Transport, released the following statement on Twitter about the crash:

I have learned about the plane crash Read More"},{"id":"16","created":"24/03/2015 11:48 GMT","title":"PHOTOS: Germanwings Airbus A320 D-AIPX","tweet_link":"16_photos-germanwings-airbus-a320-daipx","entry_text":"

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"},{"id":"12","created":"24/03/2015 11:45 GMT","title":"Lufthansa CEO Issues Statement","tweet_link":"12_lufthansa-ceo-issues-statement","entry_text":"

Lufthansa chief Carsten Spohr issued the following statement via Twitter about the fate of the Germanwings flight:

"We do not yet know what has happened to flight 4U 9525. My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of our passengers and crew 1/2

— Lufthansa (@lufthansa)
March 24, 2015

"...on 4U 9525. If our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa. We hope to find survivors.“ Carsten Spohr 2/2

— Lufthansa (@lufthansa) March 24, 2015

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Lufthansa chief Carsten Spohr issued the following statement via Twitter about the fate of the Germanwings flight:

"We do not yet know what has happened to flight 4U 9525. My deepest sympathy goes ...Read More"},{"id":"10","created":"24/03/2015 11:40 GMT","title":"French President: No Survivors Expected","tweet_link":"10_french-president-no-survivors-expected","entry_text":"

In a live briefing on Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande said no survivors are likely in the Alpine crash of a passenger jet carrying 148 people.

\"It's a tragedy on our soil,\" he said.

Click here for more.

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In a live briefing on Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande said no survivors are likely in the Alpine crash of a passenger jet ca...Read More"},{"id":"8","created":"24/03/2015 11:33 GMT","title":"Barcelonnette Mayor: Rescue Teams Mobilizing","tweet_link":"8_barcelonnette-mayor-rescue-teams-mobilizing","entry_text":"

From HuffPost France:

\"The crash took place about 15 kilometers from the village, probably in the area of Méolans-Revel,\" the mayor of Barcelonnette, Pierre Martin-Charpenel, told HuffPost. \"All emergency personnel have been mobilized, including the mountain police division with a helicopter.\"

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From HuffPost France:

\"The crash took place about 15 kilometers from the village, probably in the area of Méolans-Revel,\" the mayor of Bar...Read More"},{"id":"6","created":"24/03/2015 11:30 GMT","title":"Airline Has Not Yet Confirmed Crash","tweet_link":"6_airline-has-not-yet-confirmed-crash","entry_text":"

INFO: We have recently become aware of media reports speculating on an incident though we still do not have any own confirmed information...

— Germanwings (@germanwings) March 24, 2015

... As soon as definite information is available, we shall inform the media immediately ...

— Germanwings (@germanwings) March 24, 2015

... Please monitor our website http://t.co/5mVrxAZ08K for periodic updates.

— Germanwings (@germanwings) March 24, 2015

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INFO: We have recently become aware of media reports speculating on an incident though we still do not have any own confirmed information...

— Germanwings (@germanwings) Read More"},{"id":"4","created":"24/03/2015 11:21 GMT","title":"Plane's Signal Reportedly Lost At 6,800 Feet","tweet_link":"4_planes-signal-reportedly-lost-at-6800-feet","entry_text":"

Flight #4U9525 initially climbed to 38,000 feet before before it started to descend and lost signal at 6,800 feet. pic.twitter.com/MthXQ232Hn

— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) March 24, 2015

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Flight #4U9525 initially climbed to 38,000 feet before before it started to descend and lost signal at 6,800 feet. pi...Read More"},{"id":"2","created":"24/03/2015 11:17 GMT","title":"REPORT: Plane Crashed In French Alps","tweet_link":"2_report-plane-crashed-in-french-alps","entry_text":"

The Airbus A320 airliner that crashed on Tuesday went down in the French Alps, French aviation officials and police told BBC News.

The plane, which was en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf was carrying 142 passengers and six crew members.

For more, click here.

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The Airbus A320 airliner that crashed on Tuesday went down in the French Alps, French aviation officials and police told BBC News.

The plane, which was en route from Bar...Read More"}]

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