French President Francois Hollande says the crash of a Germanwings Airbus plane is a ''tragedy'' and everyone on board the flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf is believed to have died. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
STORY: French President Francois Hollande said he believed none of the 148 people on board the Germanwings plane that crashed on Tuesday (March 24) had survived. He said there was likely to be a significant number of German victims. "It's a tragedy, a new aerial tragedy, we will also know all the details and the causes of what has happened and we will evidently give them to the authorities concerned, including Spanish and German, and to the families of the victims. This is a mourning period that we need to overcome because it's a tragedy that has occurred on our land," Hollande said. He added: "It happened in a region that is fairly difficult to access, I don't know if there are any homes involved, we will know it in the coming hours. While we wait, it is solidarity that we should feel in the first place." The Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, police and aviation officials said. A spokesman for the DGAC aviation authority said the airplane crashed near the town of Barcelonnette about 100 km (65 miles) north of the French Riviera city of Nice. Lufthansa's Germanwings unit said it was as yet unable to verify reports of the crash. The crashed A320 is 24 years old and has been with the parent Lufthansa group since 1991, according to online database airfleets.net