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terça-feira, 24 de março de 2015

Germanwings Airbus A320 plane crash: Two babies and 16 children among 150 dead

The budget airline plane came down while travelling from Barcelona to Duesseldorf while carrying 148 people
More than a dozen children and two babies have died in the horror Germanwings crash in France this morning.

The horrific news was revealed this afternoon after Spanish vice president Soraya Saez de Sanataria said 45 people with Spanish surnames were travelling on the Airbus A320.

She later said two babies were among the dead.

It has also been reported that a group of around 16 German schoolchildren, who had been on an exchange trip in Catalonia, were on the plane.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy said in a hastily-arranged press conference he was cancelling his diary and heading back to Madrid to head a crisis cabinet.

He described the accident as a “dramatic and sad” piece of news but declined to talk about the victims.

He said: “I profoundly regret this very sad accident. We are going to do all we can.”

He also confirmed he had spoken with German chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish King Felipe VI.

The monarch announced today shortly after arriving in France for a three-day official visit that he was cancelling the trip.

He made the announcement alongside wife Letizia and French president Francois Hollande.

Last position of Germanwings flight at 09:40 UTC http://www.flightradar24.com/data/airplanes/d-aipx/#5d42675 
He said: “After talks with President Hollande and the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, we have decided to cancel our trip in the hope we can reschedule it for a future date.”

Relatives of the dead started arriving at Barcelona’s El Prat airport around lunchtime today.

They were taken to a room set aside for them at the airport’s terminal two.
Psychologists and grief counsellors will assist families of the dead.

The Germanwings flights set off from the Catalan capital bound for Dusseldorf, where around 3,000 Spaniards live.

Many are immigrants who started new lives in Germany to escape mass unemployment at home.

Catalan regional governor Artur Mas said: “We are in permanent contact with the Spanish and French authorities.

“I’ve just spoken to Spanish President Mariano Rajoy so we can coordinate our actions.

“I express my most sincere condolences to the families of the victims at this difficult moment.”

Meanwhile, French newspaper Le Parisien revealed the horror that residents in the quiet region saw immediately following the crash.

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