A Germanwings jet has crashed in France, reportedly killing 150 passengers and crew.
Amid mixed information about the number of passengers and the precise location of the crash, French President Francois Hollande said there were 148 on board.
“The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors,” he added.
The Airbus operated by Lufthansa’s budget airline was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, but crashed in Meolans-Revel, a remote commune in the foothills of the French Alps.
Airbus said it “was aware of the media reports”.
“All efforts are now going towards assessing the situation. We will provide further information as soon as available,” the company said on social media.
Carsten Spohr, CEO Lufthansa used the company’s twitter account to state: “We do not yet know what has happened to flight 4U 9525. My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of our passengers and crew on 4U 9525. If our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa. We hope to find survivors.”
An official statement from Germanwings read: “We must confirm to our deepest regret that Germanwings flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has suffered an accident over the French Alps. The flight was being operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft, and was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members.
“Lufthansa and Germanwings have established a telephone hotline. The toll-free 0800 11 33 55 77 number is available to all the families of the passengers involved for care and assistance. Everyone at Germanwings and Lufthansa is deeply shocked and saddened by these events. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew members.”