Thoughts and prayers to the passengers, crew, families, and the rescuers going into this area of remarkable terrain...
Just some data on the aircraft:
The aircraft is D-AIPX (CN 147), an A320-211 operated by Germanwings. She is pictured below, this image taken in Sept of 2014.
She was built in 1990, and delivered new to Lufthansa on 02/05/1991. She spent her life operating for Lufthansa and Germanwings.
(They seemed to share the airframe. Germanwings is the low cost branch of Lufthansa.)
On 07/10/2003, she was transferred to Germanwings.
On 07/22/2004, she was transferred back to Lufthansa.
And finally, on 01/31/2014, she was transferred back to Germanwings, the entire time maintaining the same German registration.
Preliminary AvHerald Article:http://avherald.com/h?article=483a5651&opt=0
Lots of news clips from CNN, as per usual wit the media, take them with a grain of salt:http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/03/24/ath-gorani-mountain-guide-germanwings-plane-crash.cnn/video/playlists/germanwings-flight-9525-plane-crash/