An Airbus A320 plane crashed in the Alps, in Barcelonnette region in France on Tuesday. According to La Figaro, it is a GermanWings aircraft, Lufthansa’s low-cost division.
Lufthansa confirmed the plane had 144 passengers on board, two pilots and four members of the crew. The plane was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. Among the passangers there were Germans, Spaniards and Turkish citizens. However, Romanian diplomatic missions in Spain, France and Germany have initiated emergency undertakings to check if there were any Romanian passagers aboard.
Alain Vidalies, state secretary within the French Transport Ministru confirmed there was no survivor following the crash.
“There was a S.OS. call registered at 10:47, showing the plane was flying at 1,500 feet height (around 1,500 meters), so in an abnormal situation,” Vidalies said, adding the plane crash occured soon after this call.
“Everyone at GermanWings and Lufthansa is deeply shocked and aggrieved by this event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the relatives and friends of the passengers and of the crew team,” reads a Lufthansa press release.
Lufthansa and GermanWings created a special phone line for the victims’s relatives- 0800 11 33 55 77.
Les Echos reports on its website that the Airbus A320 plane was 25 years old, the newspaper noting it was quite old compared to average age of nine years old of Lufthansa fleet.
This is the first plane crash involving GermanWings, but it is the third for Lufthansa. In 1993, Lufthansa lost an Airbus A320 plane in Poland.