Last night, a few good hours after the flight 4U 9525 operated by German low cost carrier Germanwings had crashed into the French Alps, Airbus, the maker of the plane, issued a statement. In the meantime, rescue crews that had reached the crash site found the back box of the aircraft.
„Airbus regrets to confirm that an A320 operated by Germanwings was involved in an accident around 11:00 (local time) today near Prads-Haute-Bléone in the French Alps. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany”, said Airbus officials.
According to them, the aircraft involved in the accident, registered under D-AIPX was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 147 delivered to Lufthansa from the production line in 1991. The aircraft had accumulated approximately 58,300 flight hours in some 46,700 flights. It was powered by CFM 56-5A1 engines.
Also, Airbus representatives stated that in line with ICAO annex 13, an Airbus go-team of technical advisors will be dispatched to provide full assistance to French BEA in charge of the investigation.
„The A320 is a twin engine single aisle aircraft seating 150 passengers in a standard two classes configuration. The first A320 entered service in March 1988. By the end of February 2015 nearly 6,200 A320 Family aircraft were in operation worldwide. To date, the entire fleet has accumulated in excess of 150 million flight hours in over 85 million flights. Airbus will make further factual information available as soon as the details have been confirmed and cleared by the authorities for release. The concerns and sympathy of the Airbus employees go to the families, friends and loved ones affected by the accident of Flight 4U 9525.”