Germanwings A320 Crashes In French Alps – Update – NO SOS sent by pilots

Update: No SOS was sent by the pilots prior to the crash contradicting earlier reports.

A plane carrying 142 passengers and six crew has crashed in the southern French Alps en route from Spain to Germany.

The Airbus A320 was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when it disappeared from radar in the Alpes de Hautes Provence after sending a distress signal at 10.47am local time (9.47am GMT).

French president Francois Hollande said that he did not expect there to be any survivors.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he understood between 142 and 150 people were on board and feared dead. 


  • tom_billesley

    An incident in 2014 in which an Airbus lost height suddenly – in this case an RAF Voyager, a military version of the A330-200.

    • Interesting. This does seem like an awfully “sudden descent”.

      • Exile1981

        “According to the EASA, a safety system designed to protect the jet reacted to incorrect data due to a faulty sensor. ”

        Back in the 90’s the A320 was know for “glitches” in the safety system causing numerous crashes (paris airshow etc) The system was designed to make a crash as survivable as possible and the system has been know to interpret abnormal (but safe) flight characteristics as a pending crash and take extreme measures.

        When Air Canada first received the A320’s I was told by the maintenance chief that they were receiving about 100 patches for the software for that system a week.

        • Censored_often

          Yikes! That’s not exactly reassuring. It sounds like anti-virus software updates in the early days. No Muslim I.T. experts programming that system?

          • Exile1981

            Back when i was studying engineering we used to joke that the software was written by microsoft but I think in the end we found out it was done by the lowest bidder who was in either Pakistan or India (I forget which one).

          • Censored_often

            Ah… do the joys of outsourcing never cease?

          • Oh that’s great news;)

          • Exile1981

            Here is a presentation on software glitches that mentions a number of A320 ones in it –

          • David Murrell

            But PLEASE do not tell us that plane safety software is provided by Microsoft. Their stuff is junk, pure and simple. Nothing in this world could be as unreliable than Microsoft (perhaps this company is outsourcing its junk to Pakistan).

          • Exile1981

            No worse a Pakistani company.

  • It went down in 8 minutes, that’s essentially a Nose Dive.

    • tom_billesley

      A fly-by-wire system could cause a dive if a blocked pitot tube caused the indicated air speed to be false and below stalling speed. Pitot tubes are heated to prevent ice blockage.. It shouldn’t fool an experienced pilot however.

  • ed

    no ! distress signal sent by aircraft during 9 minute desent???, aircraft had deviated of course and was flying east????? , witness on ground said it was breaking up ??????

    • I just read about the SOS, apparently there was none sent.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Thank you for taking Akbar Macht Fly Airlines. We know you have choices when you’re being relocated to the east so we appreciate your business. And may Allah send you all straight to hell.

    • I doubt we will get much information on why this plane went down at any time in the near future.

  • tom_billesley

    Fake video and images of the crash site have been circulating on the web. Sick people.

  • cmh

    Little else would hold more terror than an 8 minute death descent

  • Bataviawillem

    The White House issued a statement earlier this afternoon that there was no suspicion of terrorism.
    How do they know that so quickly?

    • Clausewitz

      They don’t know. They just make shit up on the fly, pardon the pun.