Relatives of passengers of the Germanwings plane arrive at the Barcelona El Prat airport on Tuesday. A Germanwings Airbus with 148 people on board crashed in French Alps. (David Ramos/Getty Images)
An Airbus plane flying from Barcelona to Duesseldorf has crashed in southern France in a rugged mountain region. French President François Hollande said he did not expect survivors among the 150 people on board the flight operated by Germanwings, the budget airline run by Lufthansa.
Germanwings, which has since changed its Twitter logo to black and white, tweeted on that the plane had 144 passengers on board, along with six crew members.
Flight tracking sites show Germanwings Flight 9525 (4U 9525) in a rapid descent.
Standing next to Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, who were on an official state visit in Paris, Hollande said at 1:30 p.m. local time that he had mobilized police, civil services and the army, but said the difficultly of the terrain meant that it would be “another few hours” before they reached the crash site. He said German, Spanish and Turkish nationals were among the victims.
“The accident happened in a very difficult to access zone,” he said.