Germanwings Flight 9525

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Germanwings Flight 9525
Airbus 320-Germanwings D-AIPX 2014-06-08 retouched.jpg
D-AIPX in June 2014
Accident
Date24 March 2015 (2015-03-24)
SummaryDeliberate act caused by the co-pilot
SitePrads-Haute-Bléone, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France
44°16′50″N 6°26′25″E / 44.280556°N 6.440278°E / 44.280556; 6.440278Coordinates: 44°16′50″N 6°26′25″E / 44.280556°N 6.440278°E / 44.280556; 6.440278
Aircraft
Aircraft typeAirbus A320-200
OperatorGermanwings
RegistrationD-AIPX
Flight originBarcelona–El Prat Airport, Spain
DestinationDüsseldorf Airport, Germany
Passengers144[1]
Crew6[1][2]
Fatalities150 (all)[3]
Survivors0

Germanwings Flight 9525 (4U9525/GWI9525)[a] was a scheduled international passenger flight flying from Barcelona, Spain to Düsseldorf, Germany, operated by the Lufthansa-owned low-cost airline Germanwings.

On 24 March 2015, the Airbus A320-200 jetliner crashed around 100 kilometres (62 mi) northwest of Nice, in the French Alps. All 144 passengers and six crew members were killed.

The crash was a murder-suicide planned and acted out by 27-year old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.

Overview[change | change source]

The plane, which had taken off at 10:01 a.m. from the Barcelona-El Prat airport, disappeared from the radars at 10:39 a.m., when it was at an altitude of 2,000 meters above the department of Alpes de Alta. Provence, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Telemetry data indicated that, before disappearing from radar, the A320 would have started to fall at 10:31 a.m. and would have lost about 4,000 meters of altitude in four minutes. At first it was thought that the pilots had issued an emergency signal at 10:47, when the plane was at an altitude of 1,500 feet and in an abnormal situation, but it was actually sent by the controllers. In the words of the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, the conditions of the incident suggest that there would be no survivors. Hollande also initially stated that the plane was carrying German, Spanish and Turkish passengers, without specifying whether there were more victims of other nationalities.

The main hypothesis for the cause of the aircraft crash is that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately caused it to crash. The recording of one of the black boxes of the destroyed Airbus allows us to verify that Lubitz activated the closing of the cockpit door and deliberately began the descent of the plane over the mountains. His breathing at the time of descent was normal and he ignored the captain's instructions to open the door, even when the latter tried to knock it down with an ax to regain control of the aircraft.

Crew and passengers[change | change source]

Opera singers Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner were passengers on the plane.

Nationality Passengers Crew Total
 Germany 66 6 72
 Spain 51 0 51
 Kazakhstan 3 0 3
 United Kingdom 3 0 3
 United States 3 0 3
 Canada 3 0 3
 Argentina 3 0 3
 France 3 0 3
 Australia 2 0 2
 Colombia 2 0 2
 Iran 2 0 2
 Italy 2 0 2
 Morocco 2 0 2
 Venezuela 2 0 2
 Japan 2 0 2
 Mexico 2 0 2
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 0 1
 Netherlands 1 0 1
 Belgium 1 0 1
 Sweden 1 0 1
 Denmark 1 0 1
 India 1 0 1
 Israel 1 0 1
 Turkey 1 0 1
 Poland 1 0 1
 Chile 1 0 1
 Paraguay 1 0 1
 Norway 1 0 1
 New Zealand 1 0 1
Total 144 6 150

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Abbreviated forms of the flight name combine the airline's IATA airline code (4U) or ICAO airline code (GWI) with the flight number.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ce que l'on sait du crash de l'Airbus A320 entre Digne et Barcelonnette" [What is known about the crash of the Airbus A320 between Digne and Barcelonnette] (in French). BFMTV. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  2. 150 feared dead after plane crashes in French Alps. Al Jazeera. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  3. "Confirmed by Police". News 24. Retrieved 24 March 2015.

Other websites[change | change source]

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