Reports reaching us have confirmed the crash of a German passenger plane conveying 148 passengers from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. Following this, there have been rants from observers who think the airbus was a bit too old to be flying.
The crashed A320, according to online database airfleets.net, is 24 years old and has been with the parent Lufthansa group since 1991.
NBC News reports that according to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the aircraft involved was a 24-year-old plane that previously flew with Lufthansa. NBC reports further:
“Weather conditions in the local area were good when the plane went down just before noon local time, and data from tracking website Flightradar24 suggested that the 24-year-old aircraft was cruising at 38,000 feet when it began a rapid descent.”
The A320 German airbus owned by Lufthansa was run by a low-cost airline, Germanwings. It is reported to have crashed somewhere in Barcelonette, southern France. The crew made a distress call at about 10:47am, after which the airbus went off radar some 37 minutes later, precisely about 11:20am.
The Guardian reports the French president, Francois Hollande, as saying;
“[The crash happened in] an area that was very difficult to access”, which means some difficulty saying if any residential parts around have been affected following the incident.
The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has expressed “compassion and solidarity” with the deceased as well as their families and close ones. He revealed the state of hurt on Twitter, expressing how the mishap had “plunged” France into “deep sadness.
Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish Prime Minister, has said all support will be given to families of those affected and that he was heading back to Madrid to chair an emergency session, NBC News writes.
The German chancellor Angela Merkel has offered her sympathies to the passengers’ families, according to ABC News.
“This is a time and hour of great sorrow and grief,” she told reporters.
“We feel uncertain about the precise cause of the accident. Any speculation on the cause of the accident is not relevant.”
She promised traveling to to the crash site tomorrow.
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