Germanwings Plane Crashes in Southern France: Police

Police and aviation officials said an Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he understood between 142 and 150 people were on board and feared dead.
He told reporters, "The cause is at present unknown."
A spokesman for the DGAC aviation authority said the airplane crashed near the town of Barcelonnette about 65 miles north of the French Riviera city of Nice.
Lufthansa's Germanwings unit said it was as yet unable to verify reports of the crash.
According to online database, the crashed A320 is 24 years old and has been with the parent Lufthansa group since 1991