Germanwings crash is first of a European airliner since 2009

March 24, 2015 9:18 PM

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Tuesday’s tragic loss of a Germanwings Airbus A320 is the first crash of a European airliner since June 2009, when Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro killing all 228 on board.

Inevitably comparisons have been made between the two crashes, not least because the aircraft in each case was built by Airbus. But similarities probably end there because it is likely the crashes have little in common.

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