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mirfield 24.03.2015 12:49

GermanWings A320 Down Near Digne, French Alps
 
Seems a GermanWings Airbus 320 travelling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has gone down near Digne in the French Alps.

142 passengers and 6 flight and cabin crew on board.

Guest 24.03.2015 12:51

Re: GermanWings A320 Down Near Digne
 
Here's where it went down.

http://www.flightradar24.com/data/ai...-aipx/#5d42675

hannah'sauntie 24.03.2015 13:08

Re: German Wings A320 down over France
 
Oh no.

Thinking of all those on board, I know it is unlikely but I hope there are survivors.

3Wishes 24.03.2015 13:08

Re: German Wings A320 down over France
 
According to CNN, Hollande has already stated no survivors.:(

MusicChick 24.03.2015 13:10

Re: German Wings A320 down over France
 
Yikes, this is terrible..my thoughts to their nearest ones. :(

bigblue2 24.03.2015 13:11

Re: German Wings A320 down over France
 
feck, anyone on the ground hurt? sky news have initially said it came down in the town??

Castro 24.03.2015 13:11

Re: German Wings A320 down over France
 
That feels very close to home, both geographically and the fact that I've flown Germanwings several times in the last few years.

RIP to all on board.

Slaphead 24.03.2015 13:20

Re: German Wings A320 down over France
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Castro (Post 2363991)
That feels very close to home, both geographically and the fact that I've flown Germanwings several times in the last few years.

RIP to all on board.

Even closer to home when you realise that particular aircraft flew out of Zürich twice last week.

That's some pretty awful terrain for any rescue/recovery mission.

jacek 24.03.2015 13:33

Re: German Wings A320 down over France
 
It's a sad news and it really feels like it has touched us all directly or indirectly. My heart goes to all family members of all these unfortunate people who were on the board of the plane.

SOBEIT 24.03.2015 13:46

Re: German Wings A320 down over France
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Castro (Post 2363991)
That feels very close to home, both geographically and the fact that I've flown Germanwings several times in the last few years.

RIP to all on board.

You are probably right that none of the people on board will survive but miracles do happen. Let's not predict too early.

Tom1234 24.03.2015 14:03

Re: German Wings A320 down over France
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Slaphead (Post 2364000)

That's some pretty awful terrain for any rescue/recovery mission.

I've driven through that way a couple of times when the main roads were blocked - it is pretty remote.

The fact that there are no on-the-ground visuals reported yet is because of it's remoteness.

Island Monkey 24.03.2015 14:04

Re: German Wings A320 down over France
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Slaphead (Post 2364000)
That's some pretty awful terrain for any rescue/recovery mission.

Helicopter!

mirfield 24.03.2015 14:07

Re: German Wings A320 down over France
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Island Monkey (Post 2364040)
Helicopter!

News is reporting that low cloud is making helicopter SAR difficul too.

olygirl 24.03.2015 14:07

Re: GermanWings A320 Down Near Digne, French Alps
 
Flyertalk

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/lufth...ane-crash.html

Slaphead 24.03.2015 14:09

Re: German Wings A320 down over France
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Island Monkey (Post 2364040)
Helicopter!

You've still got to be able to put it down which requires a relatively flat surface of enough area, and there's a limit to the amount of people and supplies they can carry.

SOBEIT 24.03.2015 14:10

Re: German Wings A320 down over France
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Slaphead (Post 2364048)
You've still got to be able to put it down which requires a relatively flat surface of enough area, and there's a limit to the amount of people and supplies they can carry.

A winch perhaps.

Island Monkey 24.03.2015 14:20

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Quote:

Originally Posted by SOBEIT (Post 2364049)
A winch perhaps.

There's always somewhere to put down…. weather permitting.

Guest 24.03.2015 14:21

Re: GermanWings A320 Down Near Digne, French Alps
 
At times like this I tend not to think about the victims themselves but rather how awful it must have been to be sat on that plane in its last few minutes. Most aeroplane crashes occur during take off and landing not during mid flight. 30000 feet that plane went down in only 10 minutes, which meant those passengers had to sit there knowing the inevitable was coming.

Just imagine you're being sat there getting stuck into your latest Jack Reacher novel with a cup of awful coffee and the next moment you're on a non stop ticket to the afterlife. Absolutely terrifying.

LiveLongandProsper 24.03.2015 14:28

Re: GermanWings A320 Down Near Digne, French Alps
 
As a very frequent traveler, taking +a flight every single week, weeks on which I take 4 flights, I am SHOCKED.... About to cry.

RIP all on board, and my deepest condolences to all their families.

Nil 24.03.2015 14:38

Re: GermanWings A320 Down Near Digne, French Alps
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Loz1983 (Post 2364058)
At times like this I tend not to think about the victims themselves but rather how awful it must have been to be sat on that plane in its last few minutes. Most aeroplane crashes occur during take off and landing not during mid flight. 30000 feet that plane went down in only 10 minutes, which meant those passengers had to sit there knowing the inevitable was coming.

Just imagine you're being sat there getting stuck into your latest Jack Reacher novel with a cup of awful coffee and the next moment you're on a non stop ticket to the afterlife. Absolutely terrifying.

Is it possible that with the speed the plane was going down it could affect the pressure and everyone was unconscious?

I really hope so.


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