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Breaking News: German Airbus Plane Crashes In France With 148 People On Board

Passenger plane for the airline Germanwings flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has crashed in southern France, officials have confirmed.

The Airbus A320 making the flight for Lufthansa’s lowcost arm, Germanwings, crashed near the small mountain village of Barcelonette in the southern Alps.

It had made a distress call at 10.47am then disappeared off the radar at around 11.20am, Le Figaro reported.

The French TV station iTele said there had been at least 142 passengers and six crew-members on board.

A French interior ministry spokesman said debris had been located and the plane crashed at 2,000 metres altitude in the Alps.

Pierre-Henry Brandet told BFM television that he expected “an extremely long and extremely difficult” search and rescue operation because of the area’s remoteness. He said the passenger manifest was being verified.

The French president, François Hollande, said it was likely there were no survivors.

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