Germanwings Flight 4U952, an Airbus A320, crashed into the French Alps, killing all 144 passengers and 6 crew members on board. The flight left Barcelona for Dusseldorf 20 minutes later than scheduled and crashed less than an hour into the flight. Among those killed was an opera singer who was traveling with her baby and German schoolchildren and two of their teachers, who were returning from an exchange trip in Barcelona.
Germanwings is a low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa that is popular with German tourists. It has emerged that the plane grounded for faults only 24 hours before the deadly crash. The search of the wreckage has been called off due to difficult conditions, but one of the plane’s black boxes has been found and will be examined immediately.