Germanwings Airbus A320 crash latest: 150 passengers and crew feared dead after flight 4U9525 tragedy near French Alps

All 150 people on board believed to be dead

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An Airbus A320 operated by the Germanwings airline travelling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has crashed in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, southern France. These are the latest updates:

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This was the first crash by a civil airliner in France since the Concorde crash near Paris in 2000, most of whose victims were German tourists.

Mr Hollande said there were likely to be a number of German nationals on board the flight, and that he would be speaking shortly with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

"This is a tragedy on our soil," Mr Hollande said.

The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, said that details of the reported crash remained unclear and that interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve was heading to the region.