Germanwings Flight 4U 9525

Germanwings Flight 4U 9525

An Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings was destroyed in an accident in a mountainous area in southern France. All 144 passengers and six crew members were killed.

Flight 4U9525 departed Barcelona, Spain at 10:00 hours local time (09:00 UTC) on a regular passenger service to Düsseldorf, Germany. The flight reached its cruising altitude of FL380 at 10:27 hours. At 10:30 hours the flight was cleared direct to the IRMAR waypoint, which was confirmed by the flight: "Direct IRMAR, Merci 18G." This was the last radio contact with the flight.

Starting at 10:31 hours, upon crossing the French coastline east of Marseille, the airplane began losing altitude. Last recorded position by the Marseille secondary radar was at 10:40:47 hours at an altitude of 6175 feet. The aircraft impacted a very steep, rugged mountainside in the French Alps at an altitude of about 1500 m (4920 feet). 

Preliminary information from the chief Marseille prosecutor in France indicates that the captain was locked out of the flight deck and the copilot directed the airplane to a continuous descent towards mountainous terrain. The copilot did not respond to questions from air traffic control. The aircraft descended from 38,000 feet to 6,800 feet at an average rate of 3710 feet/minute.