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Old 24th Mar 2015, 10:33   #1 (permalink)
 
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Airbus A320 crashed in Southern France

I am just hearing reports - will update when further news

Barcelona GermanWings to Duselldorf
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Old 24th Mar 2015, 10:35   #2 (permalink)
 
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Apparently a A320 germanwing down next to Digne south French Alps
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Old 24th Mar 2015, 10:41   #3 (permalink)
 
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142 pax plus 2 pilots plus 4 crew

made it onto Sky News now
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Old 24th Mar 2015, 10:43   #4 (permalink)
 
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A320 down in southern France?

Bad news indeed... Any unusual weather in the area?
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Old 24th Mar 2015, 10:48   #6 (permalink)
 
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Flight: GWI16G BCN-DUS

VS -3500fpm when lost off FR and that was pretty constant all the way from cruise.
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D-AIPX - Germanwings - Aircraft info and flight history - Flightradar24
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GWI 18G

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ex-DLH airframe.
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Is that the normal route to go so far to the right?

D-AIPX - Germanwings - Aircraft info and flight history - Flightradar24
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Old 24th Mar 2015, 10:53   #10 (permalink)
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Yes, that was the filed route from the CFMU profile.
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Old 24th Mar 2015, 10:54   #11 (permalink)
 
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Helicopters have seen debris in area. According to reports.
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Old 24th Mar 2015, 10:55   #12 (permalink)
 
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Reports of a mayday call at 10:47
No special weather just intermittant showers.
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Old 24th Mar 2015, 10:55   #13 (permalink)
 
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Challenging terrain for recovery
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Old 24th Mar 2015, 11:00   #14 (permalink)
 
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VS -3500fpm when lost off FR and that was pretty constant all the way from cruise.
FR24 tends to fudge the data. Descent rate from cruise alt varied from -5000fpm to -2500fpm. Higher descent rate at higher altitude.
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waether radar shows some rain in W Switzerland/E France but nothing exceptional at all
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Old 24th Mar 2015, 11:04   #16 (permalink)
 
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Built 1990. 24.3 years old.
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Old 24th Mar 2015, 11:08   #17 (permalink)
 
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Airliners Fleet states MSN887

Can you explain that for us non professionals?
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Old 24th Mar 2015, 11:10   #18 (permalink)
 
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Méolans-Revel

The aircraft is reported crashed near the "Méolans-Revel" village at about 2400m height, near Barcelonnette town
French President has announced that there is no survivors.
Debris have been found.
Very difficult access area.

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Old 24th Mar 2015, 11:10   #19 (permalink)
 
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Some more info (in French) - from "l'Express" updated live...

here
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Old 24th Mar 2015, 11:11   #20 (permalink)
 
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MSN - Manufacturers Serial Number. This was the 147h A320 manufactured. Equivalent to chassis number in car. Not really that significant information as age of airliner has been published already. However it is probably one of the older A320s still flying. Operator has excellent safety record though and all commercial aircraft are stripped back to basics every 4 years and rebuilt.
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