Germanwings, an affiliate of German airline Lufthansa based in Cologne, owned the aircraft, which had 142 passengers and six crew on board.
The plane was traveling between Barcelona and Dusseldorf when it came down in the French Alps near Digne.
French President Francois Hollande said there are likely “no survivors” after an Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.
A local newspaper, La Provence, said the Airbus A320 was carrying 142 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew, citing aviation officials. The newspaper said the plane crashed between Digne and Barcelonnette.