The news is just filtering down the line that a Germanwings Airbus A320 has crashed in the French Alps, killing all on board. Such loss of life is devastating and our thoughts are with the families of those involved and everyone that will be touched by this tragedy. At these times the shock wave extends across the breadth of the aviation industry which shares a common bond.
At the moment, details are scarce. The aircraft was enroute from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when it came into difficulty. The weather was apparently fine when the A320 lost altitude at a very high rate, coming to rest in mountainous terrain. The crew were able to make a transmission to air traffic control prior to impact.
Rescue crews are now on the way and the difficult tasks of investigation and recovery will begin. With the assistance of the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR), hopefully the facts of the accident will come to light in due course. Until that time, speculation will undoubtedly be filling the headlines.
The past year seems to have been characterised by high profile aviation accidents and in the case of MH370, an ongoing mystery. The tragic loss of passengers and crew members will be with those left behind for many years to come.
Vale Germanwings Flight 4U9525.
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