Germanwings Airbus A320 airliner has crashed in the French Alps between Barcelonnette and Digne, French aviation officials and police have said. The BBC reported that  the jet belongs to the German low-cost airline Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa.

The plane had reportedly been en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and was carrying 142 passengers and six crew. Both Airbus and Germanwings have said they aware of the reports but cannot yet confirm them.

The local La Provence newspaper said the Airbus A320 was carrying 142 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew.

French President Francois Hollande has said no survivors are expected after the crash: "The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors," he stated, adding that there was likely to be a significant number of German victims, and that the accident happened "in a zone that is particularly hard to access."