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The aviation community is in mourning today after yesterday’s tragic crash of Germanwings flight 9525 in France enroute from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. 150 passengers and crew are thought to have perished in the French Alps, including 16 German schoolchildren returning from a Spanish exchange program.

The Airbus 320 came down approximately 45 minutes into the flight, dropping from a cruise altitude of 38,000ft to 6,000ft in just eight minutes before contact was lost.

The cause of the crash remains unclear, but one of two aircraft ‘black box’ flight recorders has been recovered from the crash site and will be examined by investigators. What can be confirmed is that no distress signal was issued and the flight maintained total radio silence in the final ten minutes.

Our thoughts are with the families of the victims at this sad time.