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German plane crashes in south France

German plane carrying 142 passengers,to Dusseldorf from Barcelona crashes in Southern France.

The pilots declared an emergency 10:47 a.m. and descended rapidly to around 5000 feet from a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet,while flying over the town of Barcelonette in the Alpes de Haute-Provence region.

n a live briefing on Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande said it was unlikely that there were survivors, adding that the area of the crash was remote.

Hollande said it was probable that a number of the victims were German. It was not clear whether anyone on the ground had been hurt, he said.

“It’s a tragedy on our soil,” Hollande said.

Hollande “extended all his support” to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a phone call, the French presidency said in a statement, while the German ambassador to France said she would visit the crash site in the southern Alps within hours.