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Recovery operation underway in French Alps following Germanwings crash

Recovery operation underway in French Alps following Germanwings crash

French authorities have resumed a recovery operation in the Alps after the crash of a Germanwings plane carrying 150 people yesterday.

The plane came down in a remote mountain ravine between Digne and Barcelonnette, with the loss of all 144 passengers and six crew.

Investigators warned the operation could take days due to the remote location of the crash site.

The Airbus A320 aircraft was on route from Barcelona to Düsseldorf when it crashed after an eight-minute rapid descent.

Some 67 German nationals were believed to be on board the plane at the time of the crash.


More than 40 passengers were believed to be Spanish.

UK transport secretary Philip Hammond confirmed at least three Britons also died in the crash.

The flight was also carrying citizens of Australia, Japan, Colombia, Turkey, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium.

One of the two ‘black boxes’ has been recovered, while the search for the second will be the priority for Wednesday.

French president Francois Hollande, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy are expected to visit the crash scene later.

Germanwings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa, said some crew members were unfit for service on Wednesday “due to emotional distress”.

It said one flight was being cancelled but remaining flights would be according to schedule.