Words By: Paula Connell
Image Credit: ABC News
Yesterday afternoon Germanwings airbus A320 flight 4U 9525 flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf went down in the French Alps in an area called Digne, according to AirLive. The plane was carrying 144 passengers, 2 pilots and 4 crewmembers. All were lost and the bodies of the victims will be kept in an emergency morgue in the small village of Seyne-Les-Alpes.
It has been reported by German officials that a high school group from Haltern, Germany were aboard the plane. Foreign minister Julie Bishop announced early this morning that among the victims were two Australians, a woman and her adult son from Victoria. Australia is in the process of sending a consular official to the French Town of Gap, close to the crash sight to liaise with French officials during the clean up.
Reports from AirLive continue to stream though announcing that the plane has disintegrated with a crash area radius of over two kilometres and pieces as large as cars.
According to BBC news, the black box flight recorder has been located however the cause of the crash is still unknown. The plane did not send a distress signal during their eight-minute descent.
German, French and Spanish leaders have expressed huge shock at the crash as Germanwings has previously had an exemplary safety record.