French police confirm - No survivors after plane crash - as it happened

2015-03-24 13:01

French police at the site of a plane crash in the Alps have confirmed that there are no survivors. There were 150 people on board.


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Last Updated at 14:10
24 Mar 17:23
French police at the crash site have told Reuters news agency that no one survived and it would take days to recover the bodies of those on board due to difficult terrain.

24 Mar 16:56
More than 200 police officers are involved in the rescue operation.

24 Mar 16:51
Council official Gilbert Sauvan tells Les Echos newspaper, "The plane is disintegrated". He added that "the largest debris is the size of a car".

24 Mar 16:45
News site AirLive has posted this video apparently showing the area where the Germanwings plane is believed to have crashed. See below.

24 Mar 16:30

The plane that crashed had performed 46 700 flights. 

The A320 is a twin engine single aisle aircraft seating 150 passengers in a standard two classes configuration. The first A320 entered service in March 1988.

By the end of February 2015 nearly 6 200 A320 Family aircraft were in operation worldwide.

24 Mar 16:28

24 Mar 16:24
Airbus says it is sending a team of technical advisors to assist French investigators at the scene of the Germanwings crash.

24 Mar 16:21
The plane descended for eight minutes, says Germanwings.

24 Mar 16:21
The last regular inspection of the plane was carried out in the summer of 2013, says Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann.

24 Mar 16:18
French police at the crash site have confirmed that there are no survivors.

24 Mar 16:16
Germanwings says it cannot confirm details regarding a brief distress signal. Initial reports said a distress signal was sent before the plane crashed but AFP later quoted an aviation official as saying there was no distress signal.

24 Mar 16:13
At the moment, we have information that 67 Germans were on board plane but that number could change, says Germanwings.

24 Mar 16:09
GermanWings has expressed deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

24 Mar 16:09
Germanwings: We will do everything to clarify cause of crash.

24 Mar 16:08
Germanwings: The plane's pilot was very experienced.

24 Mar 16:05
Germanwings spokesperson is now addressing media. Giving details on when plane went down, and on some victims.

24 Mar 16:03
Two babies were among those killed in the crash, reports the UK's Daily Mirror. Around 16 German schoolchildren were also among the victims.

24 Mar 15:49

24 Mar 15:45
AFP is now quoting an aviation official as saying that no distress signal was sent.

24 Mar 15:33
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is addressing reporters now. My thoughts are with everyone who has lost their lives, she says.

24 Mar 15:26
Shares in European planemaker Airbus and German airline Lufthansa have dropped after the plane crash.

24 Mar 15:24
There have been nine Lufthansa plane crashes in total since 1954 with seven of them resulting in fatalities. 

24 Mar 15:15
Rescue personnel make their way to the crash site:

24 Mar 15:05
"There were German and Turkish victims. There should be no French victims but I am not completely certain" - Hollande

24 Mar 15:02

24 Mar 15:00

24 Mar 14:56
French President Francois Hollande says could be a "few hours" before emergency teams get to crash site.

24 Mar 14:45
Lufthansa has also changed their logo to black.

24 Mar 14:38
Authorities confirm last words from Germanwings A320 distress call were "emergency, emergency", tweets Sky News reporter Mark White. 

24 Mar 14:37

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "shocked" about the crash of a German airliner in the French Alps Tuesday with all 150 people on board believed dead, her spokesperson said.

The German leader spoke to French President Francois Hollande and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy by telephone and "cancelled her appointments to follow developments", the spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement.

The plane was travelling from the Spanish coastal city of Barcelona to the German city of Duesseldorf when it went down in the Barcelonnette area, in southeastern France.

24 Mar 14:35
Germanwings has also updated the figure regarding the number of passengers on board the flight from 142 to 144. There were six crew on board.

24 Mar 14:34
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy tells reporters he is "very sad" after a Germanwings plane crashed in the Alps.

24 Mar 14:30
Airline Germanwings has blackened its logo on Twitter following the crash. It has expressed its sadness on Twitter at the incident and says loved ones of passengers who might have been on the flight can contact them at 0800 11 33 55 77. 

24 Mar 14:26
Germanwings crash site 'inaccessible' to ground vehicles: minister says.

24 Mar 14:09
Hollande says: A counselling unit will be established to provide psychological support.

24 Mar 14:05
Spain's deputy prime minister says 45 passengers on crashed Germanwings plane are believed to be Spanish.

24 Mar 14:00
UK's Foreign Office says: "We are urgently working with local authorities to establish the nationalities of those on board"

24 Mar 13:52
"There was loud noise and then suddenly nothing. At first I thought it came from fighter jets." - a witness has told Al Jazeera.

24 Mar 13:47
French officials said that the flight number vanished from radar screens about 80 minutes after take-off, and that suspected items of debris had been found near the small town of Barcelonette in the Alpes-de-Hautes-Provences.

24 Mar 13:45

France's Interior Ministry says debris located in Alpine jet crash at 2 000 meters altitude.

"It's a tragedy on our soil," said French President Francois Hollande, adding he would be speaking shortly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

24 Mar 13:45

24 Mar 13:43
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr says: We do not yet know what has happened. My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of our passengers and crew. If our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa. We hope to find survivors.

24 Mar 13:40

A spokesperson for France's DGAC aviation authority said the airliner crashed near the town of Barcelonnette about 100km north of the French Riviera city of Nice.  

A statement from the prime minister's office said the crash happened in Meolans-Revel, a remote and sparsely inhabited commune in the foothills of the French Alps.  

The crashed A320 is 24 years old and has been with the parent Lufthansa group since 1991, according to online database  

24 Mar 13:38
Debris found from crashed jet airliner in southern French Alps. Search and rescue teams scouring for survivors, France's Interior Ministry says.

24 Mar 13:36

24 Mar 13:32
A 'very brief' distress call was reportedly made when the Airbus A320 which crashed in France was at 6 800 feet, reports Sky News.

24 Mar 13:27
The plane should have been flying at 30 000 feet. It lost contact at 6 000 feet, Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports.

24 Mar 13:26
Germanwings is Lufthansa's budget airline.

24 Mar 13:26

24 Mar 13:24

Further on the French president's statement: "There were 148 people on board. The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors.

He said there was likely to be a significant number of German victims. He added: "The accident happened in a zone that is particularly hard to access."

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