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Israeli Man Identified Among Passengers of Crashed Germanwings Plane

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

A 39-year-old Israeli businessman was among the 150 people killed when a Germanwings Airbus A320 plane crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday morning. Eyal Baum of Hod HaSharon was living in Barcelona and had been commuting back and forth to do business in Germany.

It was Baum’s family who had alerted Israel’s foreign ministry to his presence on the flight, having called to report that Baum, who had business in Dusseldorf, was scheduled to board the flight from Barcelona.

Tragedy struck as French air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft at an altitude of around 6,500 feet, where it crashed in a remote mountainous area between Digne and Barcelonnette, killing all 150 people aboard. Flight 4U 9525 was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. Six crew members and 16 children were among the dead, officials said.

The low-cost Germanwings carrier is wholly owned by Lufthansa and has an excellent safety record with no previously reported accidents. The aircraft that crashed was 24 years old, however. One of the black boxes has already been found and was to be examined immediately, according to the French interior minister.

French police said search teams would stay overnight on site at altitude, and that it would likely take “days” to recover the bodies due to harsh weather, difficult terrain and snow.

Germanwings managing director Thomas Winkelman told reporters the plane began its rapid descent just one minute after reaching its cruising altitude, and continued to lose altitude for eight minutes. The aircraft lost contact with French air traffic controllers at 10:53 am local time.

The cause of the crash is not known; nor did the plane send out a distress signal, according to a report by the BBC.

Gilbert Sauvan, a member of the local council, told Les Echos newspaper, “The largest debris is the size of a car,” further deepening the mystery of why the plane went down without warning in reportedly good weather.

“This is the hour in which we all feel deep sorrow,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking to reporters at an initial briefing. Merkel added that she intended to travel to the crash site.

So far, “There is no indication of a nexus to terrorism at this time,” U.S. National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan told Fox News.

Report: French Police in Toulouse Killer’s Apartment

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

France 24 News has cited a police source as saying that French police have entered Mohammed Merah’s apartment, and are now trying to ensure that it is not booby-trapped. There is no word on his apprehension or arrest.

The apartment has been under siege for over thirty hours.

French Police Deny Reports They Have Arrested Mohammad Merah, Ozar HaTorah Killer

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

French Police have denied reports that the Police have arrested the perpetrator of the shooting attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse that left four Jews dead. Instead, hundreds of Police have surrounded the building as they prepare to storm the complex in which he lives.

Mohammed Merah, a 24 year-old French Muslim who has links to Al Qaeda, has been holed up in his apartment 3km from the murder scene since the early hours of the morning, when Police began their raid of the building. All of the other residents in the besieged apartment complex have been securely evacuated.

Merah was revealed to have links to Al Qaeda and had been previously arrested in Afghanistan for bomb-making, only to be freed by the Taliban in a mass jailbreak in the summer of 2008.

French Police to Storm Toulouse Killer’s Premises

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

According to France 24 News, the French Police have announced that they will storm the apartment of Mohammad Mera – the perpetrator of the Toulouse school shooting that left 4 Jews dead – by 2:30 PM, French time (3:30 PM Israel time) if he does not surrender.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/french-police-to-storm-toulouse-killers-premises/2012/03/21/

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