A Germanwings flight has crashed in the French Alps. The Daily Mail says “The final moments of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 were shrouded in mystery today after air traffic controllers claimed they received no SOS despite the jet nosediving 32,000 feet in just eight minutes.”
The crash occurred in a remote area of the French Alps as it flew from Spain to Germany. Six crew and 144 passengers are presumed dead. Two babies and sixteen children were on the plane. Reports also say that 63 passengers were Germans and approximately 45 were Spaniards.
Rescue helicopters showed wreckage scattered for hundreds of yards. France reported that the pilot had issued a distress call but civil aviation authorities denied it. The descent lasted for eight minutes before contact broke at 10:53 am.
The captain was an experienced pilot with 6,000 flying hours on this model of plane and this particular plane had a normal service stop at Dusseldorf airport.
Firefighters and mountain police are on their way to the scene, but due to the remote locale it could be days before any bodies can be retrieved.