An airliner has crashed in Digne-les-Bains in the Alps in France, according to the AFP news agency.
The plane is an Airbus A320.
BBC reports that the plane belongs to the company Germanwings. Germanwings is Lufthansa's low-cost carrier. The company has its headquarters in Cologne, Germany.
The plane disappeared from radar screens at about 11:00.
Large rescue forces are on their way to the scene now. The plane crashed in the mountains of Estrop. This is a favorite tourist destination for hikers.
The plane was on its way from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and had 142 passengers and six crew members on board, according to the French civil aviation authority DGAC.
According to French President François Hollande there are probably no survivors in the air crash.
Two police helicopters have spotted the plane near Prads-Haute-Bleone, writes Le Monde.
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