I woke up to terrible news this morning – a Germanwings Airbus A320 aircraft (flight 4U 9525) flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has crashed in the French Alps. The story is still developing and so far we know that no distress signal was issued by the pilots and that the aircraft descended in a straight line for eight minutes. All 144 passengers and 6 crew members are believed to have died, the plane vanished from radars about forty-five minutes after take-off from Barcelona. Germanwings is a member of the Lufthansa Group.
We must confirm to our deepest regret that Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf has suffered an accident over the French Alps. The flight was being operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft, and was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members.
Lufthansa and Germanwings have established a telephone hotline. The toll-free 0800 11 33 55 77 number is available to all the families of the passengers involved for care and assistance.
Everyone at Germanwings and Lufthansa is deeply shocked and saddened by these events. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew members.
Germanwings is conducting a full investigation.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the passengers and crew.