An Airbus A320 operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline has crashed in a remote area of France with all on board feared dead. Katharine Jackson reports.
This Germanwings Airbus A320, flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, crashed in a remote area of southern France. French President Francois Hollande told reporters in Paris that all 148 on board the plane are feared dead. "It's a tragedy, a KInew aerial tragedy, we will also know all the details and the causes of what has happened and we will evidently give them to the authorities concerned, including Spanish and German, and to the families of the victims. This is a mourning period that we need to overcome because it's a tragedy that has occurred on ou land." The plane came down in a sparsely populated area of the French Alps near the city of Nice. According to online database airfleets.net, the aircraft is 24 years old and has been with the parent Lufthansa group since 1991. Hollande says it is not yet known if any homes in the area were affected, but that rescue teams were on their way.