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March 24, 2015 10:01 am

French President Says No Survivors Expected After Plane Crashes in Alps With 150 on Board

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A picture from a helicopter sent to the Germanwings Alps plane crash site. No survivors are expected. Photo: Screenshot.

Fox News – No survivors are expected among the 150 people aboard a passenger plane that went down in the French Alps Tuesday morning, said the French president, who called the crash “a tragedy that has occurred on our land.”

The Airbus 320, operated by German carrier Lufthansa’s budget airline, Germanwings, was 50 minutes into its flight in clear weather from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when pilots issued a distress call as it dropped from a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet to around 6,800 feet over the town of Barcelonnette in the Alpes de Haute Provence region, about 65 miles north of Nice. The 10-minute descent was described as unusually rapid, but possibly controlled though it left the plane too low to navigate the mountains.

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