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right. they passed up an airport. they didn't turn back to an airport. once they had that precipitous drop in amongst the mountainous terrain, whatever happened that rendered them unable to climb back up again. i think they were straight heading. >> mary you please david, you, our viewers in the u.s. and around the world, stay with cnn. there is new information about germanwings flight 9525. 150 souls on board feared lost after it crashed into the french alps. let's get you to the "newsroom" with carol costello. >> thanks so much. "newsroom" starts now. this is cnn breaking news. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we begin with breaking news. commercial airplane carrying 148 people has crashed in the french alps. german wings flight 9525 was traveling from barcelona to dusseldorf germany. at least 142 passengers and 6
crew members were on board that plane when it went down. the flight took off just after 10:00 a.m. local time. less than an hour into the flight the cockpit issued a distress call. according to an online flight tracker the plane descended 14,000 feet in 6 minutes. the french president francois hollande says no survivors are expected. we're following developments. let's begin with cnn senior international correspondent jim bittermann. jim, bring us up to date. >> reporter: carol, one of the things we've been watching is a visit that was previously planned here by the king of spain hao happened to be in town when all this took place this morning. the fact is 45 of the victims are believed to be spanish nationals. one of the things that he has done is in his remarks in sending out his condolences to all the families of the victims he mentioned there were german
victims, spanish victims and turning turkish victims. the rescue efforts, if there is anyone to be rescued, is taking place right now in the alps in a very remote area of the alps difficult to get to. there are seven dedicated helicopters down there and 200 searchers. they're trying to get to the site which is 6,000 feet up in the alps where the plane crashed and seeing if there were any possible survivors and if not to start the grim task of bringing the bodies down from the mountain. there's been a temporary morgue set up in a gymnasium in a very small town where they're going to try to identify the bodies as they bring them down. >> jim bittermann stay there. i'm going to move in and bring
in meteorologist chad myers. chad will tell us about the flight path of this plane, what the terrain is like. take it away chad. >> carol, it appears that it is a strange flight path gone to the east and turning to the left. when you draw the straight line people expect planes to fly in straight lines. that's the flight path today, that was the flight path yesterday. that's how this flight gets to dusseldorf. what's curious to me this morning is that the plane appeared to start descending. i won't say losing power, no imaginations here. the plane began to descend right there, right there where that purple stons, but just 32 miles away is an 11,000 foot airport. this plane kind for another 102 miles before it finally stopped transmitting data. go there. we know that it crashed. the plane was going up and up and up. went to 38,000 feet. all of a sudden right there what they've been calling all day a
controlled descent down here. calling it a controlled descent because the speed stayed the same. if the speed really increases you know it's nose diving and that would be an uncontrolled descent. here's where we are. here's the plane taking off from barcelona. here's the marsellais airport. for a while this was not in the alps. this plane was not in danger in a very high terrain area. this is low terrain. 3,000 feet through here. it was still at about 28,000 feet through here. all of a sudden the alps right here along the front range we'll call it almost like what you'd see in colorado the mountains go straight up and that's the 6,000 feet. this is the first place that the plane would have found a 6,000 foot elevation. there's more curious here than i think meets the eye, carol. >> chad myers, thanks so much. i just got word we have cnn correspondent carl penhaul on the phone from barcelona.
carl what can you tell us? >> reporter: right now the center of response now has converted a part of the spanish aviation authority building just at the end of terminal 2 where the plane took off from. that is where crisis center is now being set up. we have seen police arrive. we have seen members of the emergency services arrive and also a woman who went through the main gate said that she was a psychologist one of the psychological team to help relatives prepare for the worst. obviously also any relatives or passengers aboard will be welcome here in the minutes that i have been standing here i've seen at least two groups of relatives go through the gates. both of those groups of relatives appear to be speaking spanish indicating that perhaps some of the dead on board as jim bittermann was saying are in fact spanish. right now somewhat early days. airline authorities really not giving too much additional information out to us except that which we already know but that is to say a gathering now
at barcelona international airport at terminal 2, police emergency services psychological teams and relatives are gichkbeginning to arrive. >> karl penhaul, thanks so much. 148 people aboard that plane. it's presumed there are no survivors. back here at home in the united states, investigators with the ntsb are standing by waiting for any call to assist. rene marsh is our aviation correspondent. she joins us with that side of the forstory, tell us more. >> reporter: i spoke with the ntsb. they're saying at this point they're waiting to find out are there any parts on board this plane that were u.s. made. of course they're also going to want to know if any u.s. passengers were on board. if that is the case of course the ntsb's role would be enhanced here. at this point they are talking to the bea, which is essentially the equivalent of the ntsb. the french equivalent of the
ntsb to try and get that information. the ntsb saying they are awaiting and ready to help if need be. you're looking at some images of the airbus a-320. the safety record for this particular aircraft is extremely good. the same goes for the airline, luftanza. at this point it is a mystery as to what could have gone wrong. as you know carol, the takeoff and landing are the critical points of flight where the majority of times you will see a crash. not at cruising altitude at 35,000 feet where this aircraft was flying. that's where things seemed to have gone wrong. so everything at this point is on the table, carol. >> all right. rene marsh, thingsanks so much. i want to bring in mary sciavo. we're also joined by cnn aviation analyst and former
managing member of the ntsp peter golds. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> peter, i want to go over what we know. that plane took off 20 minutes late. at some point the pilot made a distress call. the plane descended and disappeared. let's talk about the plane. i heard rene marsh, it was 24 years old. is that too old? >> it really isn't. with today's maintenance practices where, you know periodically over the years they tear the plane down to the frame and rebuild it. the age of the aircraft is really not a big question mark now. 24 years is on the older side but it's not a -- it's not out of the ordinary. >> mary this was a routine flight. usually accidents as rene marsh indicated happen on takeoffs and landings so what does this crash tell you, that it happened
while the plane was in the air? >> well, for accidents that happen while the aircraft is in the air, you can count them on the fingers of your hands. recent ones. everything from rapid decompression to fire to some kind of -- and we don't expect this here because of the controlled descent and the air speed maintained but some kind of an engine problem where you have an engine failure, you lose your air speed from your engines for some reason. it can happen for a lot of things. it can happen with icing. it can happen with hail. it can happen -- there's no birds at that height. it could happen with a lot of things but that's about it. and it could happen with some sort of an on board experience with the plane itself where you would have some sort of a breach in the fuselage. that would be a rapid decompression. but it's very rare. that's why for example when we did the extensive coverage on mh-370 we talked about the
possibilities. here by the way they've already confirmed that the codes that they got from the plane and the word that the pilot spoke, those aren't the hijack codes. we're looking for something mechanical. something went wrong with the plane or possibly an on board fire situation. you can have that in the cargo hole you can have fumes, you can have fire. that's about it. that's what we've experienced in the past. >> just so our viewers understand the picture, this is the view over the crash site. you can see the rugged terrain and how difficult it will be to recover any possible survivors or any debris from the plane. peter, the plane hit 38,000 feet. then it descended to 24,000 feet after 6 minutes. it was last scene at 6800 feet and then it hit the mountain. does it appear to you that that was a controlled descent? >> well it does at this point because the speed that they descended was a constant speed apparently. and, you know as mary
indicated, it's a fairly short list of things that can go wrong to an aircraft at cruise altitude. this was likely a developing problem and it's difficult sometimes for pilots to accurately assess how much trouble they're in. and as the problem progresses boy, it gets more serious. i think when they started to descend it was clear that they knew they had a very serious issue on their hands. >> mary did you hear that the plane turned sharply east at any point or do you know what the flight path was? because i know there are a lot of online flight trackers out there that might show us that information. >> there are. there's a lot of information where they said the plane made erratic maneuvers, but i am looking at that at the beginning of the flight. there are some of those reports where the flight is actually still on the ground before it had taken off and some of those turns and some of those speeds and altitudes before it took
off. at this point on the flight track that i have seen no it didn't. the flight path that it was using was a normal path. there have been some -- there's been some union action with i think it was french air traffic controllers that may have had something to do with it. i don't know. that's speculation on my part. there has been some french air traffic control union action so that might have e planed the delay in the beginning of the flight. there's certainly no indication they had reported anything mechanical or they had any mechanics on board. i want to report something peter said luftanza put this plane -- when i was at the d.o.t. and he was at the ntsb they did put it on an aging aircraft protocol. luftanza calls it something else. they had put it on the special program and that's where you take special care but you watch
out for it kind of like a vintage car, if you will. you take better care of it because it's getting old but that doesn't mean necessarily that it should stop flying or it would. we used to consider 20 years and then you're out the door but not anymore. it's not uncommon to have aircraft reworked and go for 26 28 30 years. that is really tired iron. they need to be retired at that time. >> when mary compares it to a vintage car that doesn't make me feel comfortable. >> i'm not sure it's a vintage car. luftanza in particular has a very respected maintenance program. the subsidiary luftanza technique is considered one of the finest maintenance operations in the world. i think we can see even though it was the low cost subsidiary the plane was -- they will dig into the maintenance records of the plane. they'll go back through every service that occurred but this right now, it's a mystery.
we're going to see what it was. the good news is they will get the black boxes. they've got a lot of radar coverage. they'll find out what happened to this plane relatively quickly. >> all right. peter, mary, stand by. i have to take a break. we'll continue the conversation on the other side. nervous whitening will damage your teeth? introducing listerine® healthy white™. it not only safely whitens teeth... ...but also restores enamel. lose the nerves and get a healthier whiter smile that you'll love. listerine® healthy white™. power to your mouth™! the real question that needs to be asked is "what is it that we can do that is impactful?" what the cloud enables is computing to empower cancer researchers. it used to take two weeks to sequence and analyze a genome; with the microsoft cloud we can analyze 100 per day. whatever i can do to help compute a cure for cancer, that's what i'd like to do.
germany. 30 minutes after takeoff it crashed in the french alps. we don't yet know why or how but according to an online flight tracker the plane descended 14,000 feet in 6 minutes. french president said no survivors are expected. i want to show you pictures of the crash area. you can see how mountainous and snow covered it is. there are currently seven helicopters standing by to go and get up to the crash site. we understand this is near a ski resort and a make shift morgue has been set up at a nearby school. i want to go to chad myers to tell us in more detail the area where this plane went down. >> where the plane first had trouble was pretty much over water. that rules out mountain problems right off the start. it was right about the e in marsailles. as we were flying up here at
about 30 degrees north, just a little bit east of due north as it started to turn back up towards dusseldorf it crossed low terrain. some wine country up through here. then flying as it was descending getting close to the ground. the ground was also coming up. we're going from obviously sea level to where we think the plane possibly is right where that picture is right there. that's 6,000 feet or about 6500 feet and it gets very rugged from here. yes, this is where we would have ski country. this doesn't look like summit county colorado just yet but this is certainly the front range of the alps right through here as the ground getting higher and higher and the plane, carol, getting lower and lower. >> all right. i want to bring back in peter and mary. peter, you did investigations for the ntsb. tell us what investigators are doing now. >> well they're freezing all the records on this aircraft.
they want to go back and look at all the maintenance records. they're reviewing the airworthiness records that the government and faa and other regulatory agencies have issued. these are advisories required maintenance activities required inspections that have to take place to make sure all of those have been done. they're looking at the crew background they're looking at who's on the plane but there is extensive behind the scenes activities taking place now prior to even the first piece of wreckage being removed. >> so when the helicopters managed to get to this crash site mary do they collect evidence or do they search for survivors, for victims? what happens? >> their first priority at this point would be to search for survivors. that's always the first priority and i know the bea does it the same as the ntsb and the u.s.
authorities. first priority is any rescue that's possible. so that will be the -- they'll be for getting -- they won't be going for the black boxes, they'll be looking for people at this point and they will do that very carefully before they turn their attention to the plane, but it's very -- the match you just have up there is a very, very important clue. peter i think worked one of these, too. this brings to mind two prior crashes. when i try to analyze it i always look at prior accidents or crashes that i have looked at our worked on. people will remember this. this was a plane that lost its bulkhead which rendered it unsteerable. it lost its hydraulics. the airbus is very different. it has much more modern equipment. they were in the mountains of japan. what happened was they had to continue to fly in the plane and ride it forward, they could not change its direction. that's what happened there. that's what happened to united
airlines in sioux city. they were only able to change direction by one engines against the other. they had extra pilots who were dead heading and they saved that flight by doing that. this is starting to sound like a controllability issue, a steering issue based on the most recent information that you put up. >> peter, do you agree? >> i think, yeah, at this point the two accidents mary mentioned are really extraordinary events but, you know every accident is so rare these days that they tend to be one off. geez we haven't seen that before. this is pretty mysterious. you wonder whether there was something in flight that developed on a gradual basis and quickly overcame the pilots. there is a question if they had an issue why they didn't divert earlier. these are all questions that are going to be answered in the next week or ten days.
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all right. let me bring you up to date in the crash of a commercial airplane. it was carrying at least 148 people in france. all of them presumed dead so here's what we know. this is the first image we've received. this is from above the crash site. it was posted on twitter. you can see how rocky and rugged this terrain is. here's how it happened. germanwings airbus flight 9525 was traveling from barcelona
spain, to dusseldorf germany. approximately 30 minutes after takeoff at 10:01 it crashed in the mountainous snow covered region i just showed you in the french alps. we don't know why or how, but according to a flight tracker the plane descended 14,000 feet in 6 minutes. president francois hollande said there are no survivors. tom foreman is in washington with a time line event. tell us more tom. >> reporter: if you look at this plane descending into the mountains, carol, you can see a closer look at the terrain there that there weren't a lot of good options. look at the mountain ranges out here. this is not a big, open area in which it could come down. there are serious mountains here. if you look at the altitude of this plane, how it changed here gives you an idea of what we're talking about. when the plane took off it did alter the normal things you expect during the takeoff and climb. the red line is the speed of the
plane. the blue line is the altitude of the plane. you can see this is pretty uniform along in here until right into this area. we get a little dip in speed which everyone has been talking about today. why did this dip in speed occur here? we don't know. not long after that dip occurred which you can see lasted several minutes, five minutes or so a little dip, they slowly climb back up. then you see the loss in altitude begin. they were at their highest point here. they start descending downward and the speed seems somewhat stable until this point where it starts dipping down a bit too. now by comparison i want to clear this away so you have an idea. carol, around here they would have been going somewhere around 500 plus miles per hour. by the time they actually stop flying here they're still at 400 miles an hour. it's not like they went to a tremendously slower speed but there is a long steady descent here and important to note based on the height of the alps the
mountains we were just showing you there, carol, they would have been crossing the highest of the alps right along in here so from this point on, 936, 937 until they ended they would have been in the range of the mountains. before that they were above the mountains. why that happened carol, we just don't know at this point nor do we know if they knew what was happening to them here. theoretically they should from their equipment on board. we had a lot of talk about the peto tubes on planes. these are the small tubes down below the cockpit that tell you how fast the plane is going. there have been incidences in the past where there is icing even though they're heated and sometimes that gives a false reading to the pilots about how fast they are traveling and they might not know. it's kind of hard to think in a daytime fright they wouldn't have had some idea carol. >> at what speed did it hit the
mountain tom? >> it still would have been traveling about 400 miles an hour. that was the last read on this. it's not like it slowed to some kind of terrible stall speed or something like this. this plane was still moving on a at a substantial speed. you mentioned some of the tweets, air live net, this is apparently a staging area. this is where they're still flying over patterns the plane is flying overlooking for what might be there. the picture there. the bottom line carol, if you come in here even if your plane is flying at 400 miles an hour what do you do? there's not really much you can do there in terms of bringing a plane in in any kind of safe manner. >> all right. tom foreman, thanks so much. i'll be right back.
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the german chancellor angela merkel talking about this plane crash. let's listen. >> translator: we don't know much about the flight and the crash yet. and we don't know the cause. todd today? i'm concerned with the depth of suffering that is being brought to so many people. my thoughts are with those people who have lost somebody. there are many germans among them. this suffering is incredible of the families. we will do everything to get the help that they need in these difficult hours. in the last hours i have talked to the french president hollande as well as with the spanish
prime minister. we have discussed and agreed that our countries have to help each other in any form. with the forces at the site and at the airports. the foreign ministry has introduced a crisis center which is coordinating everything. the foreign minister and the transport minister will go to the region this afternoon. i will go there tomorrow to make -- to draw my own picture so that i know what i'm talking about. let me say finally that the hour that we all mourn, we have to think of the victims and their
families and their friends. thank you. >> that was the german chancellor angela merkel talking about that plane that went down germanwings 9525 148 people on board. the passengers believed to be from germany. you heard ms. merkel say many many passengers were from germany. also on board spanish passengers and also turkish. i want to rejoin karl penhaul. he's at the barcelona airport where this plane took off from. families are starting to arrive. tell us about that karl. >> reporter: hi carol. yes, it's a moment passes more and more family members are arriving at a crisis center that has been set up at taermerminal 2. as we speak another two ladies have gone through the gate heading towards the kroo is siscrisis
center. family members of people on board. we know there were gem mans on board, spaniards on board as well. they haven't given us a full list of passengers or the nationalities that were on board. we're expecting some kind of press release from them in literally the next few moments. so far no further confirmation either of why that german wings flight may have left around half an hour late from barcelona's terminal 2 airport. it was due to leave, we're told around 9:30 local time and didn't leave until just after 10:00 local time. the weather has been bad in the barcelona region for a number of days now, but no indication at this stage whether weather was a factor in the delayed departure. but as i say, expecting a press release any moment now. in fact, i see the lady now heading towards us with a printed press release. if you are able to hold on that may give us some additional
information. >> absolutely. >> this is a press release from members of the crisis center. it is headlined. last-minute reports it says from germanwings and if you bear with me i shall translate some of it from spanish and let you know what it says. it's confirming the accident the crash of its plane around 11:00 a.m. local time in the region of niece. it says on board flight 9525 there were 144 registered passengers and 6 crew 144 passengers and 6 crew. 150 people total on board. it says though that right now there is no additional information available. germanwings is carrying out a complete investigation and until that investigation is complete
we cannot give anymore information, says the germanwings press release which has just come off the printing machine now. it says that germanwings will update journalists as soon as it has any additional information to add. they have also added to their press release the number -- a crisis number where any relatives can phone for information. the only piece of information that perhaps we didn't have pinned down before 144 passengers on board and 6 crew members, but this press release has just come out from germanwings. the airline company says it is giving no additional information at this time and we'll carry out -- and is carrying out already a stall investigation. and then of course the human side, again, as the minutes tick by more family members arriving at the crisis center set up alongside terminal 2 at barcelona airport, the location
from which this aircraft set out from, carol. >> karl penhaul, thank you so much. i appreciate it. as you heard karl say, 144 passengers on board, 6 crew members, 100 people total. it's believed all 150 people did not survive. germanwings flight 9525. an airbus a 230 flight crashed. i want to bring back in our aviation experts petter goelz and mary sciavo. peter, i don't know if you heard but he said as the plane was flying along there was a dip in speed that lasted perhaps five minutes and then it speeded up again, right? it started to climb. and then the speed dipped again and then shortly thereafter the plane crashed. does that tell you anything? >> well no. it's simply a focus of the investigation at this point. you know, that it's an interesting piece of information. the plane should have been on
auto pilot at that point. the speed should not have been varying, that it did vary is a point that investigators will zero in on as soon as they get the black boxes. the flight data recorder in particular. >> tom also mentioned censors on the plane that could have frozen over mary. can you expound on that? >> yes. there was -- there has been a warning put out by airbus that this particular plane model, 320, 321 had something called a stuck angle of attack indicator, and it had happened on another -- tons of flights back in november november 5, 2014 and what had happened there is the plane itself was giving erroneous readings of its angle attack. that just means nose up or nose down its angle of attack. the indicators on the side of the plane through what tom had showed us the peto tubes, they had put out a warning that they needed to check these that it had given bad angle of attack
warnings. what had happened there is you would have seen the altitude fluctuate, you probably would have seen that maybe even before the air speed, but if you dip your nose down your air speed's going to go up and if you put your nose up the air speed is going to go down if you don't adjust your thrust. so that could be a possible explanation, but who knows. in these other instances the pilots were able to recover because they were highly trained pilots. luftanza pilots are generally very good and that was the warning of the angle of attack indicator that has been out. >> we'll talk more after a break. thanks so much. i'll be right back. which may help lower cholesterol. new ensure active heart health supports your heart and body so you stay active and strong. ensure, take life in. after brushing listerine® total care strengthens teeth, helps prevent cavities and restores tooth enamel. it's an easy way to give listerine® total care
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the plane took off airbus a320. germanwings flight 9525. it took off from barcelona headed to dusseldorf and it crashed in the french alps. 150 people were on the plane 144 passengers and 6 crew members. many, many authorities -- people in -- in positions of authority have told us that there probably are no survivors. still, you see these helicopters in a staging area near neice. they're flying to search for possible survivors. we'll keep you posted. very remote area so it will take time to get new information from that area. just about, oh,, 15 or 20 minutes ago the german chancellor angela merkel talked about the crash because there were many many german passengers on board that plane along with spanish passengers and turkish passengers. let's listen to angela merkel. >> translator: ladies and
gentlemen, terrible news have reached us from france. the crash of the german plane which had 140 people on board is a shock which -- which we share with the french and the spanish. we don't know much about the flight and the crash yet. and we don't know the cause. today? i am concerned with the depth of suffering that is being brought to so many people. my thoughts are with -- with those people who have lost somebody. there are many germans among them. this suffering is incredible of
the families. we will do everything to get the help that they need in these difficult hours. in the last hours i have talked to the french president hollande as well as with the spanish prime minister. we have discussed and agreed that our countries have to help each other in any form and we have -- with the forces at the site and at the airports. the foreign ministry has introduced a crisis center which is coordinating everything. the foreign minister steinmaier and the transport minister will go to the region this afternoon. i will go there tomorrow to make -- to draw my own picture so that i know what i'm talking
about. let me say finally that the hour that we all mourn, we have to think of the victims and their families and their friends. thank you. >> we do have to think of the victims and their families and their friends at the airport at barcelona where the plane took off, families are gathering. psychologists and psychiatrists are on hand to try to help them get through this period. i don't even know if that's possible. but they're there to help in any way they can. and so is the ntsb here in the united states. it's standing by ready to assist if need be. let's head to washington to talk about that and cnn's aviation correspondent rene marsh. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. we know they're watching and paying very close attention. the critical information they want to know is were any u.s.
passengers on board? as far as the plane's parts, any of that manufactured by any u.s. companies? so they are in close contact with the french equivalent of the ntsb. we do know based on the information that's available now that the distress call came in about 45 minutes into the flight. we also have a bit of an idea as far as the descent of this plane, and we do know based on that data that this aircraft didn't just plunge in a drastic manner. it went down in a manner that could be equal to an expedited or emergency descent that pilots train for all the time. we don't have much more information other than we know that that distress signal signaling an emergency went out 45 seconds into -- 45 minutes into the flight but no other -- we're not aware of any other conversations between the pilot
and air traffic control. now, oftentimes you'll hear pilots and you talk to pilots they always say, the rules of the cockpit are you af have i eight first, you cumulativekmuncumulativekmuncumulative -- aviate you you're looking at the screen there. you're looking at what we know. i was just talking to a pilot. they train for these sort of emergency descent situations all the time. the problem happens when let's say in this mountainous area if you have updraft that takes you off course so they'll look at weather and if there was turbulence and things of that sort. everything is on the table at this point. >> the distress call to air
traffic control was may day, may day, may day. the pilot requested an emergency descent and that meant all airspace had to be cleared below the route of the aircraft. there was a problem onboard the plane. the pilot was aware of it and trying to get out of it. that's what it appears to be right now? >> really the standard definition of a crash is when you run out of altitude and you run out of air speed. when you are dealing with a mountainous region like the swiss alps if you're unable to see whatever the conditions are within the cockpit, you can see how challenging it becomes when you're making a descent and you may run out of altitude before you hit something. what's going to be really critical in really filling in all of the blanks that we have at this point are the black boxes. so that will really tell us wherewere
parts of this plane not functioning or working with both engines out. we'll know how mechanicses were functioning at the moment the plane disappeared from radar. >> rene marsh reporting live from washington. a germanwings flight 9525 went down in the french alps. 150 people onboard. all presumed dead. we understand germanwings will hold a press conference at the top of the hour. 10:00 a.m. eastern time. we'll take it for you when that occurs. hopefully they'll have pertinent information to pass along. we'll be back with much more in the "newsroom." people ship all kinds of things. but what if that thing is a few hundred thousand doses of flu vaccine. that need to be kept at 41 degrees.
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we're following a tragic story out of the french alps. germanwings flight 9525 crashed on its way to dusseldorf. the airbus a-320 aircraft is considered very safe but germanwings is a budget airliner. we want to get into the safety of planes at budget airlines. >> this particular airline in 2002 the airline was developed because these small budget low-cost carriers were exploding across the continent and so this was one that was founded in 2002. now it operates short-hall routes.
their maintenance is bar none. it's very good. where you see corners cut is in things you feel like size of the seat amenities. you won't get a drink on the flight or bring a bag onboard. those are corners you see. you don't see it safety. they have good safety records. the best news for these airlines has been the drop in crude oil prices. they have more money to invest in newer planes. this is not a new plane. 24-year-old plane. a lot of budget airlines have been buying newer aircraft and in this case this was an older plane. >> all of our aviation experts say a 24-year-old plane is safe to fly and should not be a problem. >> they call it the workhorse of the industry especially for these kind of short haul flights. i'll tell you that shares are down a bit. that often happens because of the magnitude of the tragedy. the international air travel folks will tell you it is still the safest mode of
transportation. it's hard to hear that on a day like today. it is still the safest mode of transportation out there. >> christine romans thanks so much. again germanwings expected to hold a press conference at the top of the hour in three minutes. i'll take a break and hopefully we'll join the presser afterwards. i'll be back. i am totally blind. and sometimes i struggle to sleep at night, and stay awake during the day. this is called non-24. learn more by calling 844-824-2424. or visit your24info.com.
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