Breaking: Germanwings A320 Flight 4U9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf Crashes in French Alps … 144 Passengers & 6 Crew Feared Dead (Update French President Says Likely No Survivors)
A Germanwings Flight 4U9525, Airbus A320 crash in French Alps near Digne, with 150 people on board, 144 passengers and 6 crew members. Germanwings is a low-cost, economy airline subsidiary of Lufthansa Airlines. Flight 4U9525 was traveling from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. According to sources quoted by AFP news agency, the plane had issued a distress call at 10:47 (09:47 GMT), 5:47 ET. According to the flight tracking website Flightradar24, Germanwings Flight 4U9525 climbed to 38,000 feet before it started to descend, and the signal was lost at 6,800 feet. The A320 disappeared off the radar before crashing near Digne-les-Bains.
An Airbus operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday and all 148 on board were feared dead.
French President Francois Hollande said he believed none of those on board had survived.
“There were 148 people on board,” Hollande said. “The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors.”
- A Germanwings Airbus A320 has crashed in French Alps near Digne, with 148 people on board
- Flight 4U 9525 was travelling between Barcelona and Duesseldorf
- French President Francois Hollande said he believed none of those on board had survived
- Cologne-based Germanwings says it was aware of reports
- The low-cost airline owned by giant German carrier Lufthansa
French President Francois Hollande has expressed his “solidarity and condolences” with Germany in phone call to Angela Merke.
“I want to express my solidarity to the family of the victims. We do not yet know the identities of the victims. It is a mourning we have to go through because it is a tragedy that has happened on our soil,” he said.
“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 on 4U 9525. If our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa. We hope to find survivors,” said Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr in the statement.
The Airbus A320, operated by the budget airline Germanwings, was en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when it vanished from radar screens at 09.39 local time.
Flight GWI18G came down near Prads-Haute-Bléone, between Digne-les-Bains and Barcelonnette, north-west of Monaco. It was flying at just 6,800ft at the time and Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, said debris had been found at an altitute of 6,500ft.
A distress signal, thought to have been sent by aircraft’s automatically-activated crash position indicator, was picked up at 10.47 local time, showing that the aircraft was “at 5,000ft in an abnormal situation”, said Alain Vidalies, the French transport minister.
UPDATE IV: Why did 9525 plummet from 40,000ft?
The 24 year old plane, built by the French Airbus consortium, transmitted a distress signal at 9.47am local time, with one unconfirmed report saying it was sent out at 6,800 feet.
The distress call, typically transmitted in a general aircraft emergency, did not give any additional information about the type of emergency.
The aircraft was flying at its normal cruising altitude of around 40,000 ft, but within 10 minutes made a staggeringly swift descent to around 6,200 feet.
This points to a major problem with the aircraft, and suggests the two pilots were struggling to control the plummeting aircraft.
This graph from FlightRadar24 shows how the plane lost altitude and speed prior to disappearing from the radar.
UPDATE V: Bodies are being taken to a local village gym, it is being used as a temporary morgue as bodies are being recovered.
UPDATE VI: The crash site is a two and a half hour walk from the nearest settlement, and is inaccessible by land vehicles. Pics from rescue helicopter.
UPDATE VII: French officials said a police helicopter had located the crash site and first items of debris near the small town of Barcelonnette in the Alpes-de-Hautes-Provences.
UPDATE VIII - Total of 150 people on board Germanwings flight
Germanwings has confirmed the number of people on board as 150.
This includes 144 passengers and six cabin crew.
Dave Holloway Calls for New Investigation in Disappearance of Natalee Hollowai in Aruba … Witness Jurriën de Jong Says She was Buried where Marriott Hotel Was Under Construction
WILL ARUBA HAVE THE GUTS TO INVESTIGATE THIS TIP … WILL ARUBA EVER DO THE RIGHT THING OR WILL THEY FOREVER BE KNOWN FOR THE ISLAND THAT HELPED COVER UP THE CRIME OF AMERICAN TOURIST NATALEE HOLLOWAY … JUST A REMINDER ARUBA, KARMA IS A BITCH.
This coming May 30th will mark the 10 year anniversary that Mountain Brook, Alabama teen Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba. Just recently, Dave Holloway, Natalee’s father, called on the Aruba public prosecutor to investigate the tip that his daughter is buried under the Marriott hotel in Aruba. Natales’s body has never been recovered; however, she was declared legally dead in 2012. The tip is that Amsterdam resident Jurrien de Jong claims to have been an eyewitness to her disappearance. In 2005, De Jong regularly visited the Marriott Hotel construction site (picture here) for illegal, drug-related purposes. De Jong claimed that Natalee was buried under the concrete floor of the Marriott Aruba Surf Club late May 2005. Prosecutor Peter Blanken didn’t investigate De Jong’s story because, in his opinion, certain elements didn’t fit. Probably like because it sounded plausible and Aruba certainly did not want to being back the tourist-killing story for Natalee Holloway.
Natalee Holloway & her father Dave Holloway
Dave Holloway, Natalee Holloway’s father, has called on the Public Prosecutor to investigate the tip that his daughter is buried under the Marriott hotel in Aruba, the AD reports.
Amsterdam resident Jurrien de Jong claims to have been an eyewitness to her disappearance. According to him, Joran van der Sloot killed the American girl on a closed construction site where a new complex of the Marriott hotel was under construction. De Jong states that he saw Van der Sloot hiding Holloway’s body under the floor of the Marriott Aruba Surf Club Hotel. De Jong was at the construction site that night for illegal, drug-related activities, which is why he did not come forward with his testimony right away.
De Jong, 59, says he has spent a great deal of time and his own money on his efforts. He flew to Aruba three times, where Holloway disappeared on May 30, 2005, gave his testimony under oath and repeatedly shared information with the public prosecutor there. Yet he can’t get justice in Aruba to investigate the spot where, according to him, Holloway’s body has been hidden for ten years.
At that time, he says he regularly visited the Marriott Hotel construction site at night for illegal, drug-related purposes, which is why he did not come forward with his testimony right away. The site is near the Holiday Inn where Holloway and members of her Mountain Brook, Alabama high school graduation class were registered at on Aruba’s western coast.
Kalpoe brothers and Joran Van der Sloot
De Jong tells the AD that he heard voices at the gate of the construction site on the night of May 30, and quickly hid when he heard the gate open. He later recognized the two as Joran van der Sloot and Natalee Holloway.
“I saw Joran run after Natalee. They go to a small building that is under construction. There is no lower step, so they have to climb to the landing,” he told the newspaper. “What happens after that is unclear. But something must have gone wrong, because some time later Joran comes out with Natalee in his arms. He lays her down, jumps down and pulls her up onto his shoulder. Then he throws her body on the ground.”
De Jong then saw Joran hiding the body under the building, he claims. “He digs an access into the crawl space and drags Natalee inside. After about a minute he reappears, closes the opening with sand and walks back to the gate.”
Natalee Holloway and Beth Holloway
Dutchman says he saw where Natalee Holloway was buried … Aruba Chief Prosecutor Peter Blanken saw no reason to investigate the witness’ claims.
He decided to come forward in 2008, after seeing a broadcast by Dutch TV crime reporter Peter R. de Vries in which Joran claimed that Natalee died on the beach and was dumped into the ocean. “I knew that Joran was lying and decided to inform the authorities,” he said.
De Jong revisited the site in 2009 and after studying the Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club’s plans, he concluded that the missing American was buried under the staircase of the hotel’s Spyglass Tower. His efforts to have a look at the space by drilling a hole in the hotel floor failed.
He wrote letters to the chief prosecutor in Aruba, the attorney general, the Marriott group and Natalee’s father, Dave Holloway, who remembered smelling a strong decomposing stench at the site. However, justice authorities never searched the area where De Jong claims the body should be. Fire fighters did drain the pond across from the Marriott in July 2005, without results.
Pic owned by Scared Monkeys – Draining of the Ponds, 2005
Aruba Chief Prosecutor Peter Blanken with whom De Jong had an hour-long conversation saw no reason to investigate the witness’ claims. Blanken referred to certain elements of the story as “implausible” because De Jong was not accurate in his description of the difference in height between Van der Sloot and Holloway, Aruba’s current Chief Prosecutor Eric Olthof told Algemeen Dagblad. He also said that there was insufficient capacity to investigate every tip.
Marriott spokesperson Laura Botelho confirmed to the newspaper that the company had been in touch with De Jong. The company decided to wait for approval of authorities before conducting their own internal inquiry. “As usual, we will cooperate fully with the authorities if they start an official investigation,” she said.
My person opinion is, that although Natalee Holloway may very well have been murdered at the Marriott construction sight, she was most likely moved, put in the case and the dumped in the ocean that would have made in nearly impossible to find.
To further discuss the Natalee Holloway case, to read others opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Forum – Natalee Holloway.
17 year old Brittany Iris Galan has been missing since Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Winter Haven, Florida. Brittany was last seen at her residence at the Briarcrest apartments at 200 Avenue K, S.E. on Friday night at 10:30 p.m. She was reported missing Saturday by her mother.
- 5-feet, 1-inch tall and about 150 pounds
- She was last seen wearing a black, short-sleeve shirt and spandex pants or stonewashed jeans.
- She has long black hair with blonde tips, gauge earrings and a nose ring.
The was last seen at her residence at 200 Avenue S.E. on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. Galan is 5’1″ and approximately 150 pounds.
She was last seen wearing a black, short-sleeve shirt, spandex pants or stonewashed jeans. She has long black hair with blonde tips, gauge earrings and a nose ring.
If anyone has any information regarding Brittany Iris Galan’s whereabouts, please contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.
Virginia Police Continue to Search for College Freshman Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell Missing Since 3/2/15 … Father Wesley Hadsell Arrested on Charges Unrelated to his Daughter’s Disappearance … Believes He Knows Who Took AJ (Update: Stepfather Denied Bond)
Virginia police continue to search for missing 18 year old Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell. According to Norfolk police, they have not ruled out foul play in the disappearance. The college freshman Anjelica “AJ” Hardsell has been missing since March 2, 2015. when she disappeared while on spring break from Longwood University. However, her father, 36 year old Wesley Hadsell, was arrested by police and charged with crimes unrelated to his daughter’s disappearance. Wesley Hadsell has been charged with four charges of obstructing justice, one charge of possessing ammunition after a felony and one charge of breaking and entering. The father’s arrest comes on the same day police and search crews spent more than 12 hours combing through a heavily-wooded area along South Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake.
Wesley Hadsell has said that he had nothing to do with his daughter’s disappearance; however, he believes his daughter was abducted and stated that he broke into the home of the person he suspects took AJ to look for evidence in connection with the disappearance.
Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell Missing Since 3/2/15
Virginia police are searching Sunday for a university student missing since March 2, while the woman’s father says he was arrested on charges unrelated to his daughter’s disappearance after a lengthy interrogation.
Norfolk police haven’t ruled out foul play in the disappearance of Anjelica (AJ) Hadsell, 18, who vanished nearly three weeks ago while home on spring break from Longwood University, where she is a freshman.
Her father, Wesley Hadsell, told WAVY-TV Saturday that he was arrested after being questioned by police for more than 15 hours. He said he was charged with obstructing justice, possession of ammunition after a felony and breaking and entering.
“They asked me where she was at,” Hadsell, 36, told the station from the Norfolk County Jail. “I know, give them the answers. I can bring AJ home. Their words last night (Friday).”
“I couldn’t sit a minute away from where my daughter may have been,” Hadsell said from the Norfolk City Jail.
Hadsell admitted to breaking in and spending roughly 18 minutes inside the home. where he tore through trash cans and pealed back parts of the carpet. He said he even punched the family dog out of anger. He claimed to have discovered a clue upon searching through the resident’s furniture.
“I found my daughter’s jacket in his couch rolled up behind the cushion,” said Hadsell.”I was just trying to make the evidence come to light. It’s not like I had the jacket, I didn’t plant the jacket, I didn’t know anything about that. It was the fact of the overwhelming information that led me there.”
It was during a search of Hadsell’s hotel room where he said Norfolk police found 72 rounds of nine-millimeter ammunition. Hadsell doesn’t deny any of the charges or having a lengthy felony criminal record.
“(I) made mistakes,” he said. “I’ve been out of trouble for over 10 years, and I do have successful employment at a business and stuff like that and a good family.”
Hadsell calls himself a changed man, and calls the disappearance of his daughter “overwhelming.”
“I want my daughter home,” said Hadsell. “That’s what I want and that’s all I want. Anybody who wants to say something about that or get in the way of that, then I’m sorry. So what some ways are unorthodox. I didn’t have anything to do with her disappearance. I don’t know where she’s at.”
The stepfather of a missing Longwood University student broke into the home of a police witness earlier this month and threatened four people, according to a prosecutor.
Wesley Hadsell, 36, was denied bond Friday on charges of obstructing justice, breaking and entering and possession of ammunition by a felon.
In court Friday, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ashley Coleman said Wesley Hadsell was “seeking to impede” the investigation into his stepdaughter’s disappearance. She said he broke into the home of a person who had been questioned by police and assaulted an animal there. She added that Hadsell threatened several police witnesses with violence and harassed at least one with an air horn.
Assistant Public Defender Katherine Currin, Hadsell’s attorney, cast the allegations in a different light. She said her client believed AJ Hadsell might have been in the house where the March 6 burglary occurred.
Body of 17 Year Old Alexis Marie Garcia Missing Since 3/1/15 Found in Blount County, AL (Samantha Wright & Shannon Yager Charged with Murder)
The body of 17 year old Alexis Marie Garcia was found Thursday in Blount County, Alabama. Her body was located in a wooded area off Tucker Mountain Road in Remlap. According to reports, she was found face down and partially nude with no pants, underwear, socks or shoes. Garcia was reported missing March 5, 2015 by her mother; however, she was last seen on March 1. Garcia was the victim of a brutal beating death at the hands of one of her best friends and her friend’s 39 year old boyfriend. 18 year old Samantha Wright of Helena and 39 year old Shannon Yager of Locust Fork have been charged with capital murder in the course of a robbery and kidnapping.
Alexis Marie Garcia
The body of a 17-year-old missing Birmingham girl was found in Blount County Thursday, face down and partially nude in an area off of Tucker Mountain Road in Remlap.
Alexis Marie Garcia was last seen March 1 and reported missing by her mother several days later. Now, authorities say, Garcia was the victim of a brutal beating death at the hands of one of her best friends and her friend’s 39-year-old boyfriend.
Samantha Wright, 18, of Helena, and Shannon Yager of Locust Fork, are charged with capital murder, Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey announced this morning. The capital charge stems from Garcia being killed in the course of a robbery and kidnapping.
Samantha Wright & Shannon Yager
According to court documents, on March 9, Blount County Sheriff’s Office investigator Scott Kanaday received a call from Wright’s father, saying she had called him and said she woke up in a room and was covered in blood. Wright told her father she didn’t know where she was because she had blacked out.
Wright told her father that she, Yager and Garcia had been walking through the woods and she believed something bad had happened to Garcia, and that she no longer knew her or Yager’s whereabouts.
On March 15, Deputy Mark Moon went to a Locust Fork home and again was told that two juveniles had information about Garcia’s disappearance. Garcia’s mother had told sheriff’s investigators there were some juveniles in Blount County with information about the case, according to court documents.
Court documents show that a 14-year-old and 13-year-old told Moon that Wright told them she had done something she was possibly going to regret — that she had possibly killed someone. Wright told them Garcia had gotten naked in the back of her car and was making advances toward Yager. Wright said she got mad and beat Garcia unconscious, court documents show.
During the interview with investigators, Wright admitted that she was wearing Garcia’s jeans and shoes.
Garcia’s body was discovered Thursday off Tucker Mountain Road. The affidavit states she was face down, and her body was partially nude with no pants, underwear, socks or shoes.