Berlin: Germany’s top security official says there is no evidence at this stage that foul play was involved in the plane crash in southern France.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that “according to the latest information there is no hard evidence that the crash was intentionally brought about by third parties.”
He says that authorities are nevertheless investigating all possible causes for the crash of a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Spain on Tuesday in which 144 passengers and six crew members died.
De Maiziere appealed to media to refrain from speculation about the causes of the crash.
France’s air force says it scrambled a Mirage fighter jet to the area when the Germanwings flight lost radar contact, but arrived too late to help.
An air force spokesman said Wednesday that the Mirage 2000 took off minutes after it became clear that there was a problem and went to the A320’s last known location, but arrived after it crashed in the Alps on Tuesday.
The spokesman said that the Mirage didn’t locate the site of the crash. Helicopters later found the debris scattered across a mountainside. The spokesman wasn’t authorized to be publicly named according to military policy.
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