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.