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(CNN) Latest developments:


- 9:10 a.m.:Spanish Airports and Air Navigation, the air transportation agency for Spain's government, tweeted that an area in Barcelona's airport is being set aside"for the relatives of the victims of the plane accident in France."

- 9:04 a.m.ET: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that he's been incontact with his French counterpart and "we will cooperate closely."

"I already want to thank the French government, which has acted immediately andprudently," Steinmeier said. "In these difficult hours, our thoughts are with those who have to fear that their close ones are among the passengers and crew."

- 8:59 a.m.ET: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said there were a "high number of Spaniards, Germans and Turks" on the doomed Germanwings flight.

The Prime Minister tweeted that he will return to Madrid, put together a "crisis team" and then head to France to work with French and German authorities on the investigation.

A Germanwings Airbus A320 plane carrying at least 148 people crashed Tuesday in the foothills of the Alps in southeastern France, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told reporters.

Valls said he fears those aboard the flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany --142 passengers and six crew members -- may be dead.

French President Francois Hollande also said no survivors were expected. The plane crashed near Digne-les-Bains, in the Alpes de Haute Provence region, Vallssaid.

"The conditions of the accident are not yet clear but lead us to believe there will be no survivors," Hollande said.

A distress call associated with plane was sent at 10:45 a.m. local time (5:45 a.m. ET), French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told CNN affiliate BFMTV.

Germanwings Flight 9525 had left a Barcelona airport at 10:01 a.m., the airport website said.

The crash happened at about 10:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. ET) in mountainous terrain near the village of Prads-Haute-Bleone, French police Capt. Benoit Zeisser said.

Because of the terrain, it will be a difficult site for rescuers to access, Zeisser said. A police helicopter is in the area, he said.

The sport shall of a local school for students aged 11 to 14 has been freed up to take in bodies of the victims of the plane crash, Sandrine Julien from the town hall of Seyne-les-Alpes village told CNN.

She said there was a lot of helicopter traffic bringing the bodies in. The school remains open. Seyne-les-Alpes is about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the crash site on a straight line.

Lufthansa: We hope to find survivors

Germanwings is a low-cost airline owned by the Lufthansa Group. Lufthansa has gradually been transferring many of its short-haul flights to Germanwings, with the exception of flights operated from its Frankfurt and Munich hubs.

Lufthansa said Tuesday on Twitter that "we do not yet know what has happened to flight 4U 9525."

"If our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa. We hope to find survivors,"Lufthansa said on Twitter.

"We do not yet know what has happened to flight 4U 9525. My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of our passengers and crew 1/2

Founded in 2002, Germanwings became a wholly owned Lufthansa subsidiary in 2009.

The twin-engine Airbus A320s, which entered service in 1988, is generally considered among the most reliable aircraft, aviation analyst David Soucie said.

The crashsite is closer to Barcelona than Dusseldorf, but well into the flight. Crashesmid flight are rare, as most happen near takeoff or landing, CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo said.

Plane dropped14,000 feet in six minutes, online flight tracker shows

It is too early to know what happened, but Schiavo said there were some clues that rescuers and investigators will look at.

First is the speed of the jet's descent.

According to an online flight tracker that records altitude, the plane was at 38,000 feet,and six minutes later had dropped to 24,000 feet -- a drop of 14,000 feet.

This could indicate that there was not a stall, but that the pilot was still controlling the plane to some extent, Schiavo said.

Had there been an engine stall, the plane would have crashed in a matter of minutes, she said.

That small piece of information about the descent means that the pilot could have been trying to make an emergency landing, or that the plane was gliding with the pilot's guidance, Schiavo said.

A scenario where the plane was gliding is potentially more dangerous because wide fields for landing would be hard to come by in the mountains, she said.

Mayor: Area of crash site is sparsely populated

The mayor of the French community of Barcelonnette, near the crash site, told CNN affiliate BFMTV that emergency responders had been sent to the crash area. A helicopter has also been deployed to try to locate the precise crash site, he said.

The valley is long and snow-covered, and access is difficult, Barcelonnette Mayor PierreMartin-Charpenel said. It was well populated in the 19th century but there are almost no people living there now, he said.

It's an out-of-the-way place with magnificent scenery, he said.

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i as a German feel so bad     many kids among them
some day Jiangsu will rule China

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Post time 2015-3-25 00:14:28 |Display all floors
indeed very sad for ev'ryone's  
a man who uses his hands is a laborer. one who uses his hands and his mind is a craftsman. but he who uses his hands, his mind, and his heart, is an artist...

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thats gonna be a huge story for AIRBUS
some day Jiangsu will rule China

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Has Germany made any pro Palestine moves recently ?
9/11 was an inside job.
No second plane.It was a bomb.Bomb in the other building.
You KNOW without a doubt the videos are fake,right ?!
Planes don't meld into steel and concrete buildings.They crash into them !!!!!!!
It's amazing how the building ate the plane !!!
Imagine those fragile wings cutting slots in massive steel columns !!!!!
How STUPID can they think the people are to believe that crap ??!!

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Post time 2015-3-25 09:05:27 |Display all floors
Editor’s Note:
An Airbus A320 plane of the German low-cost airline Germanwings with 150 people on board crashed on March 24 in southern France, French authorities confirmed. No one is expected to have survived.


144 passengers and six crew on board.
No survivors expected;
No Chinese passengers on board;
Spanish government confirmed there were 45 Spanish citizens among the victims.


15:20 GMT
Bernadette Meehan said in a statement Tuesday "there is no indication of a nexus to terrorism at this time,” according to ABC News.

15:05 GMT
A French newspaper has published what it claims to be is the first image of the crash site.

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14:50 GMT  No survivors found
A helicopter has managed to land near where the plane crashed.

13:50 GMT  Merkel to travel to plane crash site
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that she would travel on Wednesday to the crash site of Germanwings flight 4U9525.

14:25 GMT
No Chinese passengers on board
"There are no Chinese passengers, as far as we know today," a spokesman said at the Germanwings' press conference after the crash.

13:08 GMT
Malaysia Airlines sent out a tweet:" Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of those onboard Flight 4U9525. We are with you, @germanwings. stay strong"

13:05 GMT  EU to assist in air crash probe: commissioner
European Union (EU) Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc on Tuesday said on her official Twitter account that the EU would assist in investigating the plane crash in southern France.

12:45 GMT
Germanwings confirmed: 150 on board, including six crew.
It is an Airbus A320 plane and was flying from Barcelona in Spain to Duesseldorf in Germany. There were 144 passengers and 6 crew members on board, said the company in its twitter account.

12:00 GMT
No survivors from jet crash in southern France: press
"There are no survivors" from the jet crash which occurred on Tuesday in southern France, said French Minister for Transport Alain Vidalies, cited by BFMTV.

Around 10:50 GMT
An Airbus 320 has crashed in the south of France with around 150 people on board. The plane operated by the budget airline Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, was on its way from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, CNTV reported.

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