A plane of German Lufthansa carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the Alpes mountain. Research should resume at 7 am, and analysis of the recovered black box should begin.

Airbus A320, the German company Germanwings, crashed Tuesday in a very remote area of the southern Alps. The crash took place between Digne-les-Bains and Barcelonnette in the valley of the White away any dwelling or access road. The plane of a low cost subsidiary of Lufthansa was conducting an affair Barcelona-Düsseldorf, between Spain and Germany. The aircraft was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members. I s there is virtually no hope of finding survivors , which would make the crash the worst air disaster in French territory for over 30 years.

– The first black box was found Tuesday, the second is always sought
– Five specialized in high mountain police have spent the night on area
– Hollande, Merkel and Rajoy are expected on site 14 hours
– The BEA will hold a press conference in the afternoon

What do we know about the crash?

The aircraft took off from Barcelona at 10 am and was scheduled to land at 11:55 in Düsseldorf. The plane crash “lasted throughout eight minutes” . Contact with the plane “was lost at 10:53 at a height of 6,000 feet,” said an officer of the company, Thomas Winkelmann. The aircraft crashed 1,500 meters above sea level.

What is known about the victims?

The plane was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members. Victims German , Spanish , and “without doubt the Turkish” among the 150 presumed dead from the crash, said Tuesday Francois Hollande , saying that “there would be no French victim without complete certainty.” 16 German teenagers, returning from a school exchange , were in particular on board.

How is the situation there?

Five gendarmes PGHM (high mountain police squad) spent the night of Tuesday to Wednesday on site to monitor the crash zone. They were to be joined at dawn by about thirty policemen from the same pack. The day before, 380 firefighters, more than 300 policemen including military PGHM of Jausiers, 15 helicopters and two planes were mobilized in the area. The sector was frozen for the investigation of property.

What about the investigation?

The “collective accident pole” of the Marseille prosecutor took up the investigation into the crash. One of the black boxes of the device was found and will be sent to the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA), responsible for technical investigations during aircraft accidents. The first recorder found Tuesday is crucial. This is the CVR, the “cockpit voice recorder”, the one who saves the pilot conversations and sounds of what is going on in the cockpit.

Now the goal is to gendarmes found the second black box, which contains the flight data and technical information of the aircraft, registered to impact. It is by crossing these data with the content of the conversations that the experts may try to explain why the Airbus A320 has a long descent and why the crew did not send a distress signal. The results should be known in several days, but the BEA must give a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.