A Germanwings Airbus A320 passenger plane carrying 144 passengers and 6 crew members crashed Tuesday in mountainous southeastern France. The plane crashed near Digne les Bains, in the Alpes de Haute Provence region. The flight was from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany.
"The conditions of the accident are not yet clear but lead us to believe there will be no survivors," said French President Francois Hollande.
Germanwings confirmed its flight 4U9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf crashed in the French Alps. The airline believed there were 67 Germans on the flight. Spain's deputy prime minister said 45 passengers had Spanish names. Among the victims were 16 children and two teachers from the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school in the town of Haltern am See in northwest Germany.
French police at the crash site said no one survived and it would take days to recover the bodies due to difficult terrain.
Members of the families of the passengers involved can obtain personal information by calling the toll-free hotline on 00800 11 33 55 77.