The Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday is "totally destroyed," with nothing remaining but "debris and bodies," said Christophe Castaner, the Socialist deputy for the region, in a post to Twitter. "The biggest pieces of debris are the size of a car," local lawmaker Gilbert Sauvan told French newspaper Les Echos. Helicopters are being used to survey the accident site 6,500 feet up in the mountains, but the remote location is making it difficult for investigators and emergency crew to reach it. It is at least two hours' hike from the closest road, and recovery attempts are faced with forecasts of heavy snowfall Tuesday evening, according to a Wall Street Journal report. "It will take days to retrieve first the victims, then the debris," said Jean-Paul Bloy, a local gendarmerie official, Les Echos reported. No survivors are expected to be found among the 144 passengers and six crew aboard the Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, which included two babies.
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