France plane crash: What we do and do not know about flight 4U9525

A Germanwings passenger plane travelling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has crashed in the French Alps.

What we know

  • The plane was carrying 144 passengers and six crew. It's thought there were no survivors.

  • According to Germanwings, the Airbus A320 went into eight-minute descent before crashing.

  • The plane was checked by technicians on Monday, the captain had 10 years' experience and had clocked up more than 6,000 hours of flying Airbus models.

  • The plane had been in use since 1991.

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