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Hollande, Merkel and Rajoy thank search teams in Alps crash

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 00:45

Leaders of France, Germany, and Spain have arrived in a remote region of the Alps to meet rescue teams and pay homage to victims of Tuesday's plane crash. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived together by helicopter on Wednesday (March 25) in the remote Alpine region where an Airbus plane smashed into a mountain, ahead of an international homage to the 150 victims. Spain's Mariano Rajoy joined them in the village of Seyne-les-Alpes, where French investigators have set up headquarters for search operations in the nearby ravine where the Germanwings airliner came down on Tuesday. The three leaders thanked search teams and were due to meet families of victims of the still-unexplained crash, which followed a sharp descent of the Airbus 320 carrying them from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. In all, 72 Germans were killed in the crash, the first major air passenger disaster on French soil since the 2000 Concorde accident just outside Paris. Spanish officials said 49 Spaniards were among the victims.

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Hollande, Merkel and Rajoy thank search teams in Alps crash

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 00:45