JUST IN: German Wings Plane Crashes In France; 148 People On Board Feared Dead

As many as 148 people are feared dead after a passenger plane crashed in the French Alps. French President Francois Hollande said it was unlikely there would be any survivors in the crash involving an Airbus A320 flying from Spain to Germany.

The plane was operated by low-cost carrier Germanwings, which is owned by German airline Lufthansa. It is thought to have gone down near the town of Digne, having left Barcelona on a flight to Dusseldorf. There are believed to have been 142 passengers and six crew on board.

A French government spokeswoman said:
I can confirm that the accident took place. We do not know the exact number of people involved but hope to release more information at a later stage. We are trying to find out more information about what happened.

Germanwings said:
We have recently become aware of media reports speculating on an incident, though we still do not have any own confirmed information. As soon as definite information is available, we shall inform the media immediately.
In a statement on Twitter, Airbus said:
We are aware of the media reports. All efforts are now going towards assessing the situation. We will provide further information as soon as available.
UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
My heart goes out to the family and friends of those people who appear to have lost their lives in this devastating air crash in the Alps.

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