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Obama Offers Condolences, Assistance to A320 Crash Investigation

© AP Photo / Charles DharapakUS President Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama - Sputnik International
The United States offers condolences and stands ready to provide assistance in the investigation of Germanwings’ Airbus A320 crash, US President Barack Obama said at a joint press conference with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday.

The arrivals board shows flight 4U 9525 without a status at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Germanwings' Airbus A320, carrying 144 passengers and 6 crew members, was heading from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when it crashed in the French Alps earlier on Tuesday.

“I called German Chancellor Merkel and I hope to speak with President [Mariano] Rajoy of Spain later today to express the condolences of the American people and to offer whatever assistance that we can as they investigate what has proven to be an awful tragedy,” Obama said.

Helicopters of the French Air Force (back) and civil security services are seen in Seyne, south-eastern France, on March 24, 2015, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps. - Sputnik International
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Obama said that the United States was in “close contact” with French, Spanish and German investigators to determine whether any US citizens may have been on board.

“America stands with them [the countries] at this moment of sorrow,” Obama said.

France's Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety has launched a safety investigation into the crash, the bureau's spokesperson told Sputnik earlier in the day adding that it was too early to give any detailed information concerning the incident.

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