Breaking: An Airbus A320 airliner has crashed in the French Alps between Barcelonnette and Digne, according to French aviation officials.
The German airline Germanwings is a subsidiary of Lufthansa.
The plane, flight 4U 9525, had been en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf with 142 passengers and six crew on board, BBC reported.
French President Francois Hollande said: “The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors.”
Mr Hollande said the crash was a tragedy and called for solidarity with the victims, adding that the area was very difficult to access.
Meanwhile, Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr tweeted: “We do not yet know what has happened to flight 4U 9525. My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of our passengers and crew.
“If our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa. We hope to find survivors.”
The Airbus A320 is single-aisle passenger jet popular for short- and medium-haul flights.