Airbus 320 crashes in French Alps

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People waiting for flight 4U 9525 are led away by airport staff in Duesseldorf, Germany. Picture: Frank Augstein, AFP Source: AP

A man at Dusseldorf airport in Germany. Picture: Frank Augstein, AFP Source: AP

A worker from a Swissport, a service company handling for Germanwings airlines, inside an office in the Barcelona airport in Spain. Source: AP

The arrivals board shows Flight 9525 without a status at the airport in Duesseldorf. Source: AP

A policeman escorts a family member of an aircrash victim at Barcelona's El Prat airport. Picture: Lluis Gene Source: AFP

A Germanwings Airbus A320, believed to be the one that crashed in the French Alps. Source: Supplied

A Germanwings Airbus 320 has crashed in French Alps with 148 people on board

No nature of the crisis was given during the distress call from pilots of the Airbus A320 which has crashed in the French Alps

French President Francois Hollande says no survivors are likely in the Alpine crash of an Airbus A320

  • Germanwings Airbus A320 crashes in the French Alps
  • 142 passengers on board, two pilots, four cabin crew
  • Flight was en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf
  • Helicopters on scene, debris spotted

AN Airbus A320 passenger plane has crashed in the southern French Alps.

Germanwings Flight 49525 with 148 people on board was flying from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany, when trouble struck.

French media reported the plane was carrying 144 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew. It's not known whether any Australians were on board.

Germanwings have confirmed the crash in a series of tweets.

"We are sorry to confirm that flight 4U9525 is an accident on the flight from BCN to DUS over the French Alps," the tweet reads.

"Members of passengers to report and being cared for . All employees of the German Wings and Lufthansa are in deep sadness."

According to French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet, debris from the crash has been spotted near the town of Barcelonnette, on the southern edge of the French Alps near a village in the Digne region, about eight hours drive southwest of Paris near the French-Italian border.

Mr Brandet told BFM television he expected "an extremely long and extremely difficult" search and rescue operation due to the remote area of the crash site.

According to Sky News it could be "several hours befor rescue teams can even reach the crash site".

An image of the crash site is being circulated online but there is no official word or confirmation.

The transport minister has confirmed the time of the distress call and said it was flying "at 5,000 feet and in an abnormal situation".

The crash happened "shortly afterward".

According to aviation journalist John Walton, the last words from the cockpit were, "Emergency, emergency".

France's president, Francois Hollande, said there were unlikely to be any survivors and called the crash a "tragedy".

"It's a tragedy on our soil," he said.

"I want to express to the families of victims of this air crash my solidarity," he said on Twitter shortly before 10.20pm.

Helicopters have reportedly arrived at the scene. French media outlet Le Monde report 80 firefighters are en route to the scene with more than 200 police.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has appeared alongside the French President, confirming 45 Spaniards were on board the flight.

"All I can tell you is that obviously I'm very sad, as many are, about this very dramatic accident," he said.

"We're going to do everything in our power to help, to hlep the families, to give them our support."

Germanwings is an affiliate of German airline Lufthansa. The plane was travelling between Barcelona and Dusseldorf.

The cause of the crash is not known.

The single-aisle A320 typically seats 150 to 180 people.

If you are concerned for any relatives, call DFAT's 24-hour emergency numbers on 1300 555 135 (within Australia) or outside Australia: +61 2 6261 3305 or SMS +61 421 269 080.

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