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Passenger Plane Crashes in Southern France, 148 Feared Dead

A Germanwings commercial jet flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf reportedly crashed in Southern France Tuesday morning. Early reports indicate no survivors are expected.

The Airbus A320 sent out a distress call about midway through the flight, though there is no indication what caused the crash. The jet carried 142 passengers, two pilots, and four crew members.

“The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors,” said French President Francoise Hollande.

Rescue teams had been dispatched to the site of the crash. Early reports indicate debris has been sighted in a mountainous region that could make any rescue attempt difficult:

Both Germanwings, an airliner owned by Lufthansa, and Airbus, the manufacturer, tweeted about the crash, though with little information. Neither company would confirm the crash yet:

This is a developing story. Mediaite will update it as more information becomes available.

[h/t BBC]
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