Germanwings cuts flight to Zurich after crash

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Germanwings cuts flight to Zurich after crash
The arrivals board at Düsseldorf airport. Photo: AFP

Germanwings, the budget airline owned by Lufthansa, cancelled a flight from Düsseldorf to Zurich on Tuesday afternoon following the crash of one of its planes in the French Alps that is believed to have killed all 150 people on board.


The carrier confirmed that 144 passengers and six crew were aboard flight 4U9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, which crashed in the southern Alps.

Most of the passengers were from Germany and Spain.

It was not known immediately if any Swiss passengers were on the plane.

The Local Germany reported at mid-afternoon that Germanwings cancelled flight 4U9764 from Düsseldorf to Zurich.

It said “long lines” were forming at the check-in desk.

Lufthansa also owns Swiss International Air Lines, the main Swiss carrier.

French President François Hollande said that there were no survivors from the crash, offering condolences to the affected families for this "tragedy" on French soil. 

No immediate explanation was forthcoming on why the plane, an Airbus 320 dating from 1990, went down.

The crew did not send a distress signal, although air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane, a spokesman for civil aviation authorities told AFP.

French emergency services were struggling to get to the accident scene as approaching snow made search and rescue operations difficult.

For more coverage check The Local Germany and The Local France.


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