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Live on Aljazeera!! 150 feared dead after plane crashes in French Alps

All 150 passengers and crew on board an Airbus plane operated
by Germanwings are presumed dead after the aircraft crashed in
the French Alps region.
There is no hope of finding any survivors on board, French police
said on Tuesday.
"There is no need for any rescue operations, everyone is dead,"
said a police officer in the town of Le Vernet, near the crash site,
according to the AFP news agency.
Germanwings said the Flight 4U9525 plane, which was travelling
from Barcelona in Spain to Dusseldorf in Germany, started
descending one minute after reaching its cruising height and
continued losing altitude for eight minutes.
"The aircraft's contact with French radar, French air traffic
controllers ended at 10.53am at an altitude of about 6,000 feet
(approximately 1,825 metres). The plane then crashed," Lufthansa
unit Germanwings' Managing Director Thomas Winkelmann told
He said that routine maintenance of the aircraft had been
performed by Lufthansa Technik on Monday.
In a live briefing, French President Francois Hollande said it was
unlikely that there were survivors, adding that the area of the
crash was remote.
"There were German and Turkish victims. There should be no
French victims but I am not completely certain ... We are in
mourning," he said. "It's a tragedy on our soil."
A spokesman for Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de
Santamaria said that some 45 people travelling on the plane had
Spanish surnames.
In a brief press conference on Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela
Merkel said she would travel on Wednesday to the French Alpine
region where the plane crashed.
She said her foreign and transport ministers, Frank-Walter
Steinmeier and Alexander Dobrindt, were heading to the area, in a
mountain range known as "Les Trois Eveches," later on Tuesday.
'A loud noise, then nothing'
The owner of a camping site in Alpes-de-Hautes-Provence said he
heard the plane come down.
"There was a loud noise and then suddenly nothing. At first I
thought it came from fighter jets that often hold drills in the
area," Pierre Polizzi told Al Jazeera.
"The plane crashed just 2km from here, high on a mountain,"
Polizzi, owner of Camping Rioclar, said.
Eric Ciotti, the head of the regional council, said French search-
and-rescue teams were headed to the crash site at Meolans-
French TV reported that 240 local firefighters and three police
squadrons were mobilised for the rescue effort.

R.I.P people