[Ed. – Local authorities calling the remote crash site a “picture of horror.”]
As night descended in France, the search and rescue operation was suspended for the day. Bodies and debris will be brought down from the crash site Wednesday morning, according to a French Interior Ministry spokesperson.
French President Francois Hollande said there are “apparently no survivors.” …
The plane was carrying 144 passengers — including 2 babies — and six crew members, Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann said at a news conference today.
One black box has been recovered, according to a spokesman for the French Interior Ministry. That box is en route to the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses, the French authority in a Paris suburb responsible for safety investigations in civil aviation, authorities said. …
Spanish King Felipe IV, who is in France for a pre-scheduled meeting with Hollande, said the passengers were German, Spanish and Turkish.
Germanwings said 67 Germans were on board. The State Department is reviewing whether there were any Americans on board.