An Airbus 320 plane of German budget airline Germanwings with 150 people on board crashed in southern France on Tuesday while en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. No survivors were expected to have survived the crash.
The Germanwings flight 4U9525 left Barcelona at 10:01 a.m. local time (0901 GMT) with 144 passengers, including two babies, and six crew members on board, said the airline's chief executive Thomas Winkelmann at a press conference. Identities of passengers were not disclosed. According to Winkelmann, there were 67 Germans on board, including 16 students and two teachers who were on their way home after an exchange in Spain. There were no Chinese passengers on board, according to Winkelmann.
The flight was scheduled to arrive in Dusseldorf at 11:35 a.m. local time (1035 GMT), but started to descend one minute after reaching its cruising altitude of 38,000 feet at 10:45 a.m. The descent lasted for eight minutes and "at 10:53, the contact with the French radar was broken," said Winkelmann, "then the plane crashed."
According to the French government, the crash site was located in a snow-covered area in the French Alps which is particularly difficult to access and only helicopters can reach. Causes of the crash remained unclear, though the French Interior Ministry announced Tuesday evening that the black box of the crashed plane had been found and transferred to investigators.
让我们以沉痛的心情，为飞机事故中的人们祈福、默哀！空难一般情况下会有以下原因：机械故障（mechanical failure）、恶劣天气（bad/adverse weather）、恐怖行为（act of terrorism）等。英文中，“飞机失事“可以说air crash或air disaster。例：He narrowly escaped in the air crash.（他险些在飞机失事中遇难。）除了“撞车/机事故“，crash还可以表示“破产“、“（机器或系统，尤指计算机或计算机系统的）崩溃“、“突然发出的巨响“等意思。