Air plane belonging to Germanwings, an A320 airbus conveying about 142 passengers and six crew members flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf has crashed in France.
Germanwings is a low-cost airline owned by Lufthansa. The crash occurred near the small mountain village of Barcelonette in the southern Alps.
The plane crash was confirmed by General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA). According to reports, the jet crashed in the Upper Bléone Valley and emergency services are currently on ground in the disaster zone.
The French Transport Minister, Thierry Mariani stated that a distress signal was sent by the Germanwings plane, with other sources claiming that the call came at about 09:47 GMT.
The French president, François Hollande, said there are likely no survivors. According to him, the crash happened in an area that was “very difficult to access, solidarity is our first sentiment at this moment.”