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Plane crash in the alps

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Plane crash in the alps

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When I saw this on the BBC my first thought was "Not another one - is this an inherent Airbus problem in relation to something unusual happening"
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I thought the Airbus was rock solid, It appears to not be the case.
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President Hollande said there's unlikely to be any survivors.
Looks like a steep decline:
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All 148 people on board are feared dead.
The aircraft belonged to Germanwings which is the budget division of the German flag carrier Lufthansa.
Far too early to speculate on the cause.
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It appears that the aircraft may be 24 years old
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BBC News transport correspondent Richard Westcott reports the Planefinder.net website suggests the crashed aircraft was registered 24 years ago.
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Seems old but I don't think it is for an aircraft. The important thing is its service and maintenance record.
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That wasn't the point - it was that it wasn't one of the new generation so has an excellent safety record
Worrying  the distress call was apparently made 52 minutes into the flight which is usually a relatively safe period
Looking at the weather conditions that doesn't seem to be a factor - no thunderstorms or heavy rain
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Looking at the ascent/descent graph, it doesn't look like something catastrophic.
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An SOS was sent out from the cockpit prior to the crash. Looking at the graph it could be the pilot was attempting to correct the pane.
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Wow, I flew with them to and from Cologne a couple of weeks ago.
To anyone who knows their aviation - Is it weird that their speed didn't change very much as their altitude declined? Or would you expect this?
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One report said that the descent rate was typical for trying to land
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Pilots always know where the nearest runway is as they fly. It could be that the pilot was actually trying to head for a runway once he realised there was a problem.
Apparently the crash site is inaccessible to land vehicles.
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From the timeline the reduction in altitude from circa 38,000 ft to about 7,500 ft was just before the distress call
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The number of people on board has now been increased to 150.
I have friends who live in Spain who use this route often when they return to family in Germany.
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