Aviation disaster: France plane crash. An airbus A320 operated by the budget carrier of Germany's Lufthansa crashed in a remote area of the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all passengers on board. The plane was carrying people (144 passengers and six crew) between Barcelona and Dusseldorf when it came down in the French mountains around 100 miles north of Nice, according to officials.
With the cause of the crash a complete mystery, government recovered a black box from the Airbus A320 at the accident site, where rescue efforts were being hampered by the mountainous area. Germanwings' Managing Director Oliver Wagner did not say whether there were any survivors and added it was not currently possible to give more information on how the accident happened. The boss of airline Germanwings says the descent lasted eight minutes before it crashed into the French Alps, likely killing all 150 people on board.
Radar and air traffic control contact broke off at 10.53 a.m. local time. Germanwings said the passenger included two babies and there were 67 German nationals on board. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said: "We do not yet know what has happened to flight 4U 9525. My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of our passengers and crew on 4U 9525. If our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa".