Tragedy in the Alps: 150 Dead in Plane Crash

One hundred fifty people — including three Americans — were killed when a German passenger jet crashed in the French Alps. Officials say the co-pilot appears to have flown the plane into a mountain intentionally.

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Police carries a computer out of the residence of the parents of Andreas Lubitz, co-pilot on Germanwings flight 4U9525, on March 26, 2015 in Montabaur, Germany. French authorities confirmed that Lubitz was alone in the cockpit during the rapid descent of flight 4U9525 until it crashed into mountains in southern France two days ago, killing all 150 people on board. Authorities are pursuing the possibility that Lubitz might have acted deliberately in steering the aircraft to is destruction.
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Investigators carry boxes from the apartment of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot on Germanwings flight 4U9525, on March 26, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. French authorities confirmed that Lubitz was alone in the cockpit during the rapid descent of flight 4U9525 until it crashed into mountains in southern France two days ago, killing all 150 people on board. Authorities are pursuing the possibility that Lubitz might have acted deliberately in steering the aircraft to its destruction.
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A policeman carries bags out of the residence of the parents of Andreas Lubitz, co-pilot on Germanwings flight 4U9525, on March 26, 2015 in Montabaur, Germany. French authorities confirmed that Lubitz was alone in the cockpit during the rapid descent of flight 4U9525 until it crashed into mountains in southern France two days ago, killing all 150 people on board. Authorities are pursuing the possibility that Lubitz might have acted deliberately in steering the aircraft to is destruction.
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A police officer stands in front of a house where the co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings airliner jet is supposed to have lived in Duesseldorf, Germany, March 26, 2015.
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Authorities and employees from Liceo holds a minute of silence in Barcelona, Spain, March 25, 2015. Sixteen 10th-grade students from western Germany and two of their teachers were on board.
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Gendarmes gather information in a tent in Seyne-les-Alpes, March 25, 2015, after a Germanwings jetliner crashed Tuesday in the French Alps.
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A rescue helicopter flies over the mountainside near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps, March 24, 2015.
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A Lufthansa employee signs in a condolence book in Frankfurt, Germany, March 25, 2015, for the 150 victims that died in the Germanwings plane crash in the French alps on the way from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on Tuesday.
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Police hold media away from the house where Andreas Lubitz lived in Montabaur, Germany, March 26, 2015. Lubitz was the copilot on flight Germanwings 9525 that crashed with 150 people on board on Tuesday in the French Alps.
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Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, center, with Gen. David Galtier, right,holds a press conference in Marseille, southern France, March 26, 2015. Robin said the co-pilot was alone at the controls of the Germanwings flight that slammed into an Alpine mountainside and "intentionally" sent the plane into the doomed descent, killing 150 people.
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Relatives of victims board a bus after their arrival at Marseille airport, southern France, March 26, 2015.
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Rescue workers work on debris at the plane crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, after a Germanwings jetliner crashed Tuesday in the French Alps. French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of a German jetliner on Wednesday and sealed off the rugged Alpine crash site where 150 people died when their plane on a flight from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany, slammed into a mountain. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
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A woman signs a condolences book in Seyne-les-Alpes church, France, March 26, 2015 for the people who died in the Germanwings Airbus A320 crash.
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People look at flowers and candles placed in front of the Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium in Haltern, Germany, March 26, 2015.
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Lufthansa and Germanwings employees observe a minute of silence to remember the plane crash victims at the airport in Duesseldorf, March 26, 2015.
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A German passenger jet crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday morning, in a tragedy that leaders fear likely killed all 150 people aboard. Above, a friend of some of the students involved in the crash cries during a moment of silence near Barcelona, Spain. Click through to see more dramatic images from the crash's aftermath.
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Mourners hold a picture of a colleague who died in the Germanwings flight crash after a minute of silence in Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain, on Wednesday.
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Spanish flags fly at half-mast in memory of the victims of the crash.
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Rescue workers and gendarmerie continue their search operation near the crash site.
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French soldiers of the 4th Hunter Regiment of Gap patrol near the crash site.
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A piece of debris at the crash site.
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French investigators said they had succeeded in extracting "usable data" from the first black box recovered from the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps. Remi Jouty, head of French air crash investigation agency BEA, said there was still not "the slightest explanation" at this stage on the reasons for the crash.
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Condolence messages for the victims of the Germanwings plane crash are pictured in the departure area of the Dusseldorf airport on Wednesday.
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This photo provided by the BEA, the French Air Accident Investigation Agency, shows part of the voice data recorder of the Germanwings jetliner that crashed Tuesday in the French Alps. French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of a German jetliner on Wednesday.
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Another photo provided by the BEA shows the voice data recorder of the Germanwings jetliner that crashed Tuesday in the French Alps.
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Members of European Parliament stand for a minute of silence at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left), French President Francois Hollande (center) and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pay their respects to the victims on Wednesday.
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French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive to meet with rescue workers on Wednesday near the crash site.
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Media gather as teams and gendarmerie continue their search operation near the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps on Wednesday.
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Gendarmerie direct people in the village as rescue workers continue their search operation near the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps on Wednesday.
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Rescue helicopters fly over the mountainside near where the Germanwings airplane crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday.
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A rescuer points Tuesday to the plane crash site on a map at the Rescue Command Center set up in the southeastern French town of Seyne.
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Video reporters work in Seyne les Alpes in the French Alps on Tuesday, near the site of the plane crash.
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Debris of the Germanwings passenger jet is scattered on the mountain side near Seyne les Alpes in the French Alps on Tuesday.
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Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria speaks at a press conference after a meeting in a situation room at Moncloa Palace on Tuesday in Madrid.
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Students and well wishers placed candles and notes in front of a school that 16 victims on the Germanwings jet had attended, and where two teachers on the plane with them had taught. The group was returning home from an exchange program in Spain when the plane crashed.
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A school girl lights a candle in front of a school in the German town of Haltern. Sixteen 10th-graders and two teachers were among the 150 people on board the crashed plane.
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Rescue workers stand by ambulances near where a Germanwings passenger jet crashed with 150 people on board.
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Rescue workers gather Tuesday as search-and-rescue teams struggle to reach the remote crash site of a Germanwings passenger plane.
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A helicopter takes off at Seyne les Alpes in the French Alps, as emergency crews respond to crash site of a Germanwings airplane.
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The arrivals board at the Dusseldorf airport shows Germanwings flight 4U 9525 without a status. The plane disappeared less than an hour into its flight to the German city from Barcelona, Spain.
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Crying people arrive at the Dusseldorf airport after the jet, carrying 150 people, crashed en route to the airport.
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Family members of people on the plane comfort each other as they arrive at the Barcelona airport.
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