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German airline plane crashes in french alps

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A German-owned Airbus A320 plane that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday had 148 people on board including six crew members, a civil aviation official said.

The official said there had been “a loss of radar of German wings flight GWI 18G,” which is thought to have been carrying 142 passengers, two pilots and four stewards.

67 Germans believed to have been on crashed jet: German wings. Part of the 67 Germans are 16  school kids, 2 babies and two teachers. 

The Airbus A320 jet which crashed in the French Alps Tuesday had only just reached a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet before it descended rapidly for eight minutes, the low-cost carrier Germanwings said.

The pilot had “more than 10 years of experience” and some 6,000 flying hours under his belt and the jet had undergone a thorough check in the summer of 2013, Germanwings executive Thomas Winkelmann told a news conference.

More details coming as they unfold.



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