Germanwing Crash Site Inaccessible by Ground Vehicles
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UPDATE, 5:15 p.m. ET: French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed earlier that one of the flight recorders had been found, and would be in the hands of France's aviation accident investigation bureau later in the day. However, a full analysis is not expected to be completed for some time. Local officials told CNN that recovery of any bodies would not be possible today due to frozen conditions on the ground. With snow in the forecast for Wednesday, it could be some time before recovery efforts can truly get underway.
Germanwings, the low-budget subsidiary of Lufthansa Airlines, confirmed this morning that its flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has crashed in a remote area of the French Alps.
The airline said 144 passengers and six crew were on the flight.
French authorities say none of the 150 on board survived.
"There are no survivors," France's junior transport minister Alain Vidalies told reporters. "A distress call was registered at 10:47. The distress signal showed the plane was at 5,000 feet in an abnormal situation … It's an area that is snowbound, inaccessible to (ground) vehicles, but which could be overflown by helicopters.”
In fact, French military helicopters released a stunning photo of the snow-covered mountain range where the plane went down.
French authorities said the crash site was in Meolans-Revel, a remote town at the base of the French Alps.
Reports say the flight was still in a straight path according to radar, and that it was in a controlled descent before air traffic controllers lost contact with the flight. Germanwings said the Airbus A320 was a 24-year old twin-engine jet.
Lufthansa's share price dropped 4.61 percent to 13.15 euros in the wake of the crash, the worst performer on the German stock market. Airbus shares dropped 2.08 percent to 58.75 euros, the worst drop on the French stock market.
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