An Airbus 320 flying from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany, crashed in the alps of southern France on Tuesday morning.
The Germanwings flight was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members. Officials said they are not expecting survivors Businessinsider reports.
An owner of a nearby camping site told Al Jazeera that he heard the plane come down.
“The plane crashed just 2 kilometers [1.2 miles] from here, high on a mountain,” Pierre Polizzi said. “There was loud noise and then suddenly nothing. At first I thought it came from fighter jets that often hold drills in the area.”
The plane dropped to a cruising altitude of just 5,000 feet from 38,000 feet in about 8 minutes.
“The aircraft’s contact with French radar, French air traffic controllers ended at 10.53 am at an altitude of about 6,000 feet. The plane then crashed,” Lufthansa unit Germanwings’ managing director, Thomas Winkelmann, said during a press conference.
The flight crashed in the Digne region, which is about a half hour north of Marseille, Bloomberg reports. The area where the plane reportedly went down is mountainous, isolated, and rural.
Source: The Business Aim