Germanwings flight 4U9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf has crashed in the French alps. Authorities are saying that 144 passengers, 2 pilots and 4 crew were on board the airbus A320, and that it is feared all perished. The British ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, has said that the UK is working to establish whether any British passengers were on board, and that it is standing ready to assist any who are involved.
The Spanish interior ministry says that there could have been 45 Spanish nationals on the flight. Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy says that he is working with Germany and France on the investigation into the tragedy. A special area has been set up in Barcelona’s El Prat airport for the families of those on board, and King Felipe and Queen Letizia have cut short a state visit to France to return to Madrid to comfort them.
Two dedicated official phone lines in Spain – 902 400 012 and 913 948 900 – have been set up for enquiries for those with concerns about someone on the flight. Germanwings itself has set up 0800 11 33 55 77 (UK) and 900 808 890 (Spain). The British Foreign Office has set up 0207 008 0000 in the UK.