A German Airliner, Germanwings Airbus A320, crashed on Tuesday in the French Alps.

According to Reuters, the Airbus was headed to Düsseldorf, Germany from Barcelona, Spain. About an hour after takeoff, the plane reportedly lost contact with air traffic control. “The aircraft’s contact with French radar, French air traffic controllers ended at 10.53 am at an altitude of about 6,000 feet. The plane then crashed,” said Germanwings’ Managing Director Thomas Winkelmann.

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The wreckage was found in the French town of Barcelonnette. It was estimated that 150 people, mostly from Germany — all of whom are presumed dead. “The conditions of the accident, which are not yet clear, suggest that there might not be any survivors,” said French President François Hollande.

Several newspapers are reporting that 16 children were on board, returning from a school trip.

Emergency helicopters and vehicles are in place searching for survivors, although it’s been noted that the weather might impact the search.

Germanwings is owned by Lufthansa. The airline has no reported previous accidents in its history. Le Monde has said that it is the deadliest crash in French territory since 1981.

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Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia have ended their visit to France. While French Prime Minister Manuel Valls took to Twitter to express his condolences. “I want to express my full solidarity to the families of the victims of the air accident. It is a mourning, a tragedy.” As did Spain’s President Mariano Rajoy Brey. “Dismayed by the plane crash in the Alps. A tragedy. We work with the French and German authorities in the investigation.”

This is a developing story… Head over to Reuters for more information.

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