Germanwings Flight Crashes in French Alps

By Juliet Van Wagenen | March 24, 2015
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A Germanwings A320
A Germanwings A320. Photo: Wikipedia

[Avionics Today 03-24-2015] French officials believe that all 144 passengers and 6 crew on board a Germanwings flight en route to Dusseldorf, Germany have perished in a crash over the French Alps. Flight 4U9525, an Airbus A320, reportedly took off from Barcelona, Spain at just after 10 a.m. local time and lost contact with French Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) at around 11 a.m., rapidly descending and then crashing near the Tête de l’Estrop mountain.

As of Tuesday evening, France’s air accident investigation bureau, Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA), reported that it has found one of two black boxes. Germanwings, BEA and the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU, for its name in German) are currently launching a full investigation into the cause of the crash.

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