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Germanwings Flight 9525 Crash: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know / UPDATE

Germanwings Flight 9525 Crash: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
March 24, 2015

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A Germanwings Airbus A320 has crashed in the Alps of southern France on its way from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. All 150 people onboard are presumed dead.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The French President Says There Are Likely ‘No Survivors’


Germanwings Flight 4U9525 was an Airbus A320 traveling from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany, with 150 people onboard, including crew. French President François Hollande has stated that there are likely no survivors. Germanwings is a budget airline owned by Lufthansa.

The flight took off from Barcelona at 10:01 a.m. local time and was scheduled to arrive in Düsseldorf at 11:49 a.m. local time. German aircraft control states that the plane went down at 10:37 a.m. local time.

It was flying between 34-38,000 feet over the French Alps when the pilot sent out a distress signal.

2. It Crashed Between 2 Mountain Peaks in a Crevasse

French officials place the location of the crash near the French mountain village of Digne-les-Bains. Digne-les-Bains is a remote village that is hard to access, 30 miles north of Nice.

MSNBC reports that debris has been discovered 50 miles away in Barcelonnette, France, which is not to be confused with Barcelona, Spain, which is much further away and the origin of the aircraft. The plane crashed between two mountain peaks in a crevasse.

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3. Something Catastrophic Happened

The Airbus A320 was traveling at high altitudes of 34-38,000 feet when air traffic control sent out the distress signal “7700,” which is equivalent to a Mayday call. The pilot did not send out the distress signal, however.

. altitude & speed chart of . Aircraft entered a steep but constant descent.

Airline controls report that they lost the plane’s signal at 6,800 feet. Because of its original altitude when the distress signal was sent out, birds and similar airplane obstructions can be ruled out. Weather was also ruled out.

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Last position of Germanwings flight at 09:40 UTC 

Something catastrophic must have happened to incapacitate the pilot from landing safely, as there were numerous other airports to land at nearby: Nice, Marseille, alongside with smaller ski resort airports that are common in the area. Oddly, its descent was also in line with what would be typical for an airport approach.

The Associated Press reports:
"The owner of a French Alpine camping ground says he heard a series of loud noises in the air before a Germanwings passenger plane carrying 150 people crashed to the ground. 
Pierre Polizzi told The Associated Press the noise began at 11:30 a.m.
“There are often fighter jets flying over, so I thought it sounded just like that. I looked outside but I couldn’t see any fighter planes.”
“The noise I heard was long – like 8 seconds – as if the plane was going more slowly than a military plane speed. There was another long noise about 30 seconds later.”
4. There Were Several Schoolchildren Onboard

Because it’s a German airline traveling from a popular German vacation spot back to Germany, it’s believed that a majority of the passengers onboard were Germans. Spain’s deputy minister has stated that it’s believed at least 45 of the passengers on board are Spanish. MSNBC also reports that there were some Turks onboard.

However, identities are still unknown.

The Local, a German newspaper, is reporting that there were schoolchildren on board. They write:
"Some 15 of the victims were German students returning home after a student exchange trip with Catalonia’s Giola Institute, a secondary school in Linars del Vallès, a staff member confirmed to The Local."
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Photos: Rescue workers get ready in Seyne les Alpes, France - @ActuSecours

5. Experts Don’t Believe It’s Terrorism Related

Airbus planes are flown every day, every minute and are known to be highly technological. Airbus planes have lots of computers onboard that keep the pilot in tight parameters that are near impossible to deviate from.

However, as the France 24 interview above with scientific journalist Geoffrey Wise discusses, there seems to be a striking resemblance between the crash of flight 9525 and another Lufthansa flight incident that took place in November 2014, which dealt with a frozen airplane part and a similar descent trajectory.

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Germanwings A320 D-AIPX is one of the oldest A320 with serial number 0147 and was delivered in Nov 1990

This particular Airbus flying in Flight 4U9525 was an older model delivered in November 1990.

According to the French interior minister, one of the blackboxes has been recovered.

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March 26, 2015 7:34 am

UPDATE 3/26/15 @ 7:30 AM: Experts are now beginning to believe something nefarious might have occurred as it seems one of the pilots of the flight had been locked out of the cockpit.

Lana Laishevskaya
Posted #RT  #France

French President accused the US civil aircraft in a plane crash | Comte
Hollande furious accuses the US of the German aircraft accident, claiming that America wants to write off the blame on France and Europe, thus taking revenge for the fact that they refuse further confrontation with Russia. The mysterious story crashed in the south of France on 24/03/2015 Airbus A320 D-AIPX GermanWings takes a sudden sharp turn. French President Francois Hollande and his indictment - Barack Obama has 150 victims on his conscience. Warplane shot down that side.
Posted caused a sensation and immediately got into the focus of attention - the French president accused the United States shortly after this tragedy, which is not unique in history. Hollande accuses CIA - the most famous Intelligence Agency of the United States - as well as being responsible for the massacre of Charlie Hebdo.

François Hollande angry about German Wings launcher
François Hollande angry about German Wings launcher

German Wings D-AIPX: Hollande accuses US launch?

The mysterious story of the crashed in southern France on 24/03/2015 Airbus A320 D-AIPX of German Wings takes another dramatic turn: Well, the French President François Hollande mixed into the debate. His indictment: Barack Obama had the 150 victims on his conscience. The US has shot down the machine.
The controversial message caused a sensation and was immediately of mirrors ,FAZ , SZ and Focus addressed. That a French president accused of an allied NATO nation so soon after such a tragedy that would be unique in history, would Hollande not recently been the CIA - the most famous intelligence agency of the United States - accused of responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo massacre ( AMR reported ) ,
Hollande in the wording: "Those damn A-Merde Rikaner have done it again!Having already in 1988 the Iran Air Flight 655 shot down, now had an airplane of our partners in Germany to believe it! You want to push us in the shoes of Frenchman and blackmail us so that we increase the pressure on Russia. Fucking A Merde Rikaner! "
Hollande's outburst was not without echo from Washington. President Obama spoke of a "great disappointment and a deep breach of trust", which Hollande had committed. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke of "a barbarous language of the 19th century" and Alt-government adviser Henry Kissinger warned Hollande that such rhetoric could quickly lead to a "Regime Change in beautiful France".
Experts believe meanwhile that Hollande may not could be to blame for the tragedy. In 1980, a historical parallel occurred when the Italian passenger machineItavia Flight 870 was of Italian NATO warplanes at Ustica (Italy) accidentally shot down because they were in at that time in a dogfight with Libya; Italy covered up the tragedy over 30 years. Something similar could now be undermined by the French Government, which seeks Hollande possibly to cover up his verbal attack on the United States.
So far, however, no theory to crash German Wings D-AIPX can withstand critical examination. Media expert and editor of the tabloid Kai Diekmann advises the press for restraint: "About Fast judgments, lurid headlines and claimed that anyone knew already sure what happened, must be regarded as idiotic."

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